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Judging the JSC: Report paints worrying picture of a commission in structural shambles

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JSC interviews at The Capital on the Park hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg.
JSC interviews at The Capital on the Park hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg.
PHOTO: Felix Dlangamandla/Getty Images

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC), which is paramount in overseeing the appointment of judges, investigating complaints and advising the state, is beset by structural problems, insights from a worrying report has found.

Freedom Under Law (FUL) commissioned the report, A Review of the Activities of the South African Judicial Service Commission 2009 to 2022, which made remedial recommendations and proposals to address what it called structural problems inherent in the JSC, as well as challenges in its current processes.

According to lead researcher and author of the report Calli Solik, the most frustrating part for her as a researcher was the complete lack of information available about the JSC’s activities during the period under review, which she believes makes the publication of this report all the more important.

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