Positions galore for (ethical) judges

2010-06-04 16:19

South Africa has positions galore for new judges. But whoever wishes to become a judge will have to honestly list

his/her disciplinary peccadilloes in application documents.

The new flood of vacancies for judges has hit the South African

bench barely a month after President Jacob Zuma appointed 27 arbiters of justice

to provincial high and other domestic courts.

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) this week advertised 31

vacant positions including three vacancies in the Supreme Court of Appeal, two

in the competition appeal court, two in the electoral court, three in the labour

appeal court, one in the labour court and four in the land claims court.

The KwaZulu-Natal High Court has vacancies for a deputy judge

president and two judges. The high courts of the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and North

West each need one judge. The Western Cape High Court has three vacancies and

the North and South Gauteng high courts have six.

The JSC also gave notice that it wished to be properly informed

about prospective candidates’ disciplinary peccadilloes.

JSC spokesperson Sello Chiloane said the commission required all

candidates to complete a questionnaire accompanied by a standardised “clearance

certificate” from the candidate’s professional body.

This certificate deals not only with the candidate’s status in the

body and his/her suitability for appointment to the bench but also has to list

“the nature of any disciplinary proceedings completed or pending against the


Nominations for the vacancies close on July 30.

Candidates will be interviewed, in public, from October 4 to

October 15. A venue will be announced in due course.

The previous list of 27 nominations presented by the JSC to the

president was criticised because it included a majority of white males and a

sizeable number of black males but only one woman.


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