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Author: Judges Matter

Three ways to improve justice in South Africa

Three ways to improve justice in South Africa

This article was originally published in GroundUp on 13 November 2018. See the original article. Our court system is frustrating, slow and technologically backward. South Africans are rightly proud of our independent judiciary. It has, with some notable individual exceptions, avoided the descent into corruption and disintegration of state institutions that took place in the […]

Ten years of no accountability to Parliament by JSC

Ten years of no accountability to Parliament by JSC

Progressive constitutional democracies from around the world are anchored on certain fundamental values and principles which include separation of powers and accountability. South Africa is regarded in certain circles as a model of constitutional democracy, especially for many African States. This view is not without a valid basis. Notwithstanding a myriad of challenges confronting it, […]

The Hlophe Papers

The Hlophe Papers

Last week Paul Hoffman SC, the Director and Head of Projects at The Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa (IFAISA), wrote an opinion piece for Daily Maverick titled; The Justice John Hlophe Inquiry Papers: Going nowhere fast.   This piece was originally written by Hoffman in 2008 but in light of the ongoing allegations surrounding Judge […]

Why the JSC’s no acting, no appointment policy could lead to bad appointments

Why the JSC’s no acting, no appointment policy could lead to bad appointments

Whenever there are vacancies in the judiciary, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) advertises those vacancies, receives nominations, shortlists candidates, and public interviews are conducted to select candidates who are then recommended for appointment by the President. In order to qualify for appointment as a judge, one must be appropriately qualified and must be considered to […]