Court rules to be overhauled - Mogoeng

2013-04-26 10:16
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (File: Beeld)

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (File: Beeld)

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Cape Town - Archaic rules in South African courts will be overhauled to increase access to justice, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said on Thursday.

"The leadership of the judiciary have resolved to begin a massive project of overhauling all the rules of the high courts and magistrate's courts," he said.

"This process will help us to do away with archaic rules, progress and efficiency-retarding rules... This certainly will facilitate access to justice."

He was speaking at the annual human rights law lecture in Stellenbosch.

When rules of law were easy to understand, lay-people who could read and write were able to represent themselves meaningfully in a court.

The judge used the example of "user-friendly" United States court rules, where he witnessed a second-year engineering student successfully defend himself against a trained lawyer.

"Our rules are a bit difficult even for lawyers to understand," he said, to laughter.

Mogoeng said one could use simple language without compromising the content of such rules.

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