Saturday courts to speed up justice

2011-07-28 21:20

Pretoria - Legal Aid SA was happy at the smooth running of Saturday courts in the North West, aimed at easing bottlenecks in the criminal justice system, it said on Thursday.

"We are excited about this initiative as it speaks to the core of Legal Aid SA's business plan," said spokesperson Mpho Phasha.

"We are also proud of our practitioners involved in the courts to ensure that accused persons' right to a speedy trial is observed and put into practice."

For now, the Saturday Courts project was only implemented at the Molopo Magistrate's Court and the Mafikeng Justice Centre.

Phasha could not give the number of cases finalised since the introduction in May.

The courts run from 09:00 to 13:45.

Phasha said the initiative was in collaboration the police and the National Prosecuting Authority.

He said their involvement showed their "passion for justice".

Most of the cases dealt with at the courts range from assault, common robbery, housebreaking, theft, and shoplifting.

Phasha said Saturday courts will only be extended where there is a need, based on the backlog.

  • Yoni - 2011-07-28 21:39

    Why don't the reporter find out why there's a blacklog, I mean backlog in the first place? Now there's a story that warrants attention...

      722 - 2011-10-06 18:49

      The system is desined that way. The constitution plays a major role. Accused can hire and fire state appointed lawers as the please the constitution protect them. Then there are the witnesses that do no pitch so cases get prosponed ect.Cases get prosponed by lawers ect.

  • Peacock - 2011-07-29 10:40

    Bring it on. The horrible dealys in the justice system ( years sometimes )does not do justice on the accused or the defendant as it is all money related, and it is our ( tax payer ) money that is unnecessarily wasted on the numerous delays

  • OhbiZz - 2011-07-29 10:54

    What are they doin to the honourable proffession? Saturdays are for Golf and stiff drinx not for legal arguments n fees

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