High legal costs prevent access to justice – Chief Justice

High legal costs have come under the spotlight during Judicial Service Commission (JSC) interviews of prospective judges in Cape Town, the SABC reported today.

The JSC is sitting at the Cape Town International Convention Centre this week to interview candidates for 17 vacancies in the country’s high courts.

Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo has expressed concern that high costs prevent poor people from accessing justice.

A candidate for one of two positions in the Supreme Court Appeal Court, KwaZulu-Natal Judge Malcom Wallis, said case management and pretrial conferences can prevent postponements which lead to escalating costs.

Four candidates have been shortlisted for the Appeal Court posts. 

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