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‘Transformation’ is a farce in law

As they say, numbers don’t lie. Of the 250 justices across the country last month, 26% were black women (African, coloured and Indian) and 10% were white.

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JSC interviews to start this week

The Judicial Service Commission is on Monday expected to interview shortlisted candidates for various judicial positions.

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The contentious ‘merit’ requirement in judicial appointments

From 9 to 13 April 2018, the Judicial Service Commission (the JSC) will hold interviews to fill twelve vacancies in several Superior Courts.

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Judge Colin Lamont withdraws application for appeal court position

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng announced on Monday, during Judicial Service Commission (JSC) interviews in Midrand, that Judge Colin Lamont, has withdrawn his application for appointment to the Supreme Court of Appeal Bench.

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Candidates interview for three empty positions on Supreme Court of Appeals

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is scheduled to conduct interviews to fill three vacant positions in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), this week.

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Judges express mixed feelings about acting stint at SCA

Judges who were being interviewed for three positions at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) expressed mixed feelings about their experiences while acting at that court.

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Judge speaks on transformation during SCA interview

Pietermaritzburg High Court Judge Trevor Gorven said he would always be available to act at the Supreme Court of Appeal‚ but would have to carefully consider putting himself forward again for nomination if he was unsuccessful.

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White judge supports transformation but believes there might be slot for him at SCA

A white male judge applying for one of three positions with the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) supports transformation but believes there might be a slot for him in that court.

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JSC recommends 3 candidates for SCA Bench

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has recommended three candidates for vacancies on the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) Bench in Bloemfontein.

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Tsoka unfazed by some unwelcoming SCA judges as ‘you cannot be loved by all people’

Johannesburg high court Judge Moroa Tsoka said he was unfazed by the fact that some Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judges seemed not to welcome him during his stint at that court.

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Free State judge shocked by ‘cold and unfriendly’ Supreme Court of Appeal

Free State Judge President Mahube Molemela has described her shock at finding some “cold and unfriendly” colleagues at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) when she acted as a judge in that court last year.

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Experienced white judge says there is room for him in a transformed Supreme Court

Johannesburg High Court Judge Pieter Meyer is applying for one of three vacant positions in the Supreme Court of Appeal

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Three appointments for Supreme Court of Appeal announced

Free State Judge President Mahube Molemela‚ Johannesburg High Court Judge Tati Makgoka and Western Cape High Court Judge Ashton Schippers have been recommended by the Judicial Commission for appointment to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

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Judge describes meeting ‘cold and unfriendly’ judges at the SCA

Free State Judge President Mahube Molemela has described her shock in finding some “cold and unfriendly” colleagues at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) when she acted as a judge in that court last year.

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Bench pressing: Will it be third time lucky for advocate hoping to become a judge?

Veteran advocate Ian Topping is putting his hand up for a third time for a spot on the KwaZulu-Natal Bench.

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Masutha shocked to learn white advocate has never worked with black counterpart

Justice Minister Michael Masutha was astounded that one of the applicants for a vacancy in the Durban High Court had not worked with a black counterpart in her 23 years as an advocate.

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The JSC recommends two candidates for KZN and three for the Free State

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has recommended a retired magistrate and an attorney for two vacancies in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court.

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Did the JSC get it wrong?

On Tuesday morning at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) interviews of prospective judges, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema’s piercing eyes caught those of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

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Chief Justice Mogoeng: From Imitation to Innovation: Comparative Perspectives on Legal Education

In March, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng delivered a speech to the 2018 African Law School Leadership Forum, Conference on Legal Education, at the University of Cape Town. Mogoeng’s speech was titled; From Imitation to Innovation: Comparative Perspectives on Legal Education.

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Making the road by walking: The evolution of the South African Constitution

Download a free copy of the book, Making the road by walking: The evolution of the South African Constitution by Narnia Bohler-Muller, Michael Cosser& Gary Pienaar, 2018.

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Retired Judge Motata was ‘racist’ and ‘lacked integrity’ – judicial tribunal finds

A judicial tribunal probing the conduct of retired Judge Nkola Motata has found that his conduct at the scene of a car crash in 2007 was “racist”.

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[Listen] Tribunal findings on retired Judge NkolaMotata

Aubrey Masango spoke to The Coordinator of The Judges Matter Project, Alison Tilley on the Judicial tribunal’s findings that retired Judge Nkola Motata was ‘racist’ and ‘lacked integrity’.

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Judge Nkola Motata: judicial conduct tribunal recommends impeachment

The tribunal established to investigate gross misconduct complaints against Pretoria High Court Judge Nkola Motata has recommended that he be impeached for gross misconduct.

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Tribunal says Nkola Motata should be impeached

More than a decade since a drunk judge, Nkola Motata, was recorded swearing at onlookers after he crashed his Jaguar into a wall‚ a Judicial Service Commission tribunal has found that his racist comments — and the dishonest way in which he conducted his trial — could justify his removal as a judge.

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JSC: Chief Justice to decide when to meet over Judge Motata’s fate following judicial tribunal report

Following the judicial tribunal ruling that the conduct of retired Judge Nkola Motata at the scene of a car crash in 2007 was racist and lacked integrity, the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) will now meet to consider the report and its recommendations.

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Limpopo judge president: too many frivolous appeals from government on court rulings

Limpopo Judge President Ephraim Makgoba has lashed out at government for its tendency of not taking note of rulings.

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Would Judge Motata’s removal from office be warranted to safeguard the integrity of the Judiciary?

Judge NK Motata could become the first judge in South Africa’s history to be impeached.

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Motata: Over to Mogoeng Mogoeng‚ JSC and even MPs

Judge Nkola Motata still has a chance to convince the Judicial Service Commission on why he should not be removed from office.

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Nkola Motata should be impeached – Judicial Conduct Tribunal

Conduct of judge at scene of accident was racist, and the conduct of his subsequent trial defence dishonest.

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John Hlophe faces risk of impeachment

The long-running saga of whether Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe sought to improperly influence the justices of the Constitutional Court in a 2008 matter involving former president Jacob Zuma will finally be clarified when the tribunal set up to hear evidence sits for two weeks at the beginning of July.

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JSC rapped for taking over a decade to deal with judges

Freedom Under Law has rapped the Judicial Service Commission for taking so long to deal with matters involving judges accused of misconduct.

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Mbenenge seems to reach Judge President benchmark

Bhisho High Court Judge Selby Mbenenge seemed to have impressed the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) in his three-hour-long interview for the vacant Judge President (JP) position on the Eastern Cape Bench.

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Jacob Zuma appoints Dali Mpofu and Jennifer Cane to JSC

President Jacob Zuma has appointed Dali Mpofu SC and Jennifer Cane SC as members of the Judicial Service Commission with immediate effect‚ the Presidency said on Friday.

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Dali Mpofu appointed to Judicial Service Commission by Zuma

President Jacob Zuma has appointed Advocate Daluxolo (Dali) Mpofu SC and Advocate Jennifer Cane SC as members of the Judicial Service Commission with immediate effect‚ the presidency said on Friday.

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English will be only language of record in courts – Mogoeng

Johannesburg – English will be the only language of record in South African courts, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said on Friday.

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Have Bram Fischer’s ideas lost relevance? asks Mogoeng

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng questioned on Thursday whether that which anti-apartheid activist Bram Fischer had fought and died for had lost relevance to SA and her people.

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Aspirant judges grilled on reserved judgments

JSC questions candidates for the bench — including on actions taken while in acting capacity.

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Court in the act… Women lawyers call out in inequality in legal profession

Women may outnumber men in the lecture halls of law schools‚ but the legal profession is still male-dominated.

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Justice minister’s ‘attack’ on former Constitutional Court Judge

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng‚ Justice Minister Michael Masutha and other members of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Wednesday grilled candidates on judgments reserved – some for as long as a year – while they were acting judges.

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Seven recommendations for judges made by the JSC

On Thursday, six advocates and a sitting magistrate were recommended for appointment as judges in the Gauteng High Court by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), four of them senior counsel and the others advocates of the High Court.

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Study weighs transformative effect of critical court rulings

The report comes against the backdrop of increasing friction between the executive and the judiciary on matters of governance.

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Mogoeng appeals to business community for credible plan to save SA

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says business needs to invest before it’s too late, and help deal with racism, land and exclusion.

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Zuma appoints 15 High Court judges

Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma appointed prominent advocate David Unterhalter SC and several others as judges in various High Courts in the country on Thursday.

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Two judges each bound for Eastern Cape and Limpopo High Courts

THE Judicial Service Commission (JSC) wrapped up a week of interviews on Friday after appointing four judges to the Eastern Cape and Limpopo divisions of the High Court.

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Apartheid-era magistrate has the JSC in stitches

“THE law is the law,” senior counsel Bantubonke Tokota said to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Friday, justifying his having been an apartheid-era magistrate.

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LAW MATTERS: Judges panel just cannot avoid drama

It has been a while since there were serious upsets at Judicial Service Commission (JSC) interviews, and this time there were two.

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Women to sit in Gauteng, not black silks

THE Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has recommended for appointment all three of the women who applied for positions on the Gauteng High Court bench, but overlooked senior counsel Gcina Malindi and Takalani Madima, which may raise eyebrows.

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JSC recommends six candidates for the Gauteng High Court

THE Judicial Service Commission (JSC) announced on Thursday that it had recommended six candidates for appointment to the Gauteng High Court.

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Patriarchy, Violence & the Judiciary

The reference list protests at the University currently known as Rhodes University, the rape of a protesting student by a private security guard at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and last years’ schisms within student movements at the University of Cape Town and University of the Witwatersrand plainly demonstrate the pervasive and violent nature of patriarchy and its expressions.

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JSC asks Corrie van der Westhuizen why he did not object to being conscripted

A SENIOR counsel hoping to be appointed to the Gauteng High Courts on Thursday faced tough questions at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) interviews about having been conscripted into the army during the apartheid-era and his lack of political activism.

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eNews Direct: 2 October 2016

In this eNews Direct bulletin: EFF has appointed interim leaders in KwaZulu-Natal. The team is tasked with re-establishing party’s provincial structures.

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Candidate hearings kick off to pick new judges for SA’s courts

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has begun the process of interviewing short-listed candidates who hope to get onto the bench in a court of law.

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Top court’s lack of woman judges reflects gender bias

THE Judicial Service Commission (JSC) will interview four candidates for judicial appointment to the Constitutional Court this week.

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Interview process for Constitutional Court halted as candidate withdraws

In a dramatic turn‚ interviews for the appointment of a judge to the Constitutional Court were derailed on Tuesday‚ because one of the candidates withdrew after it emerged that a last-minute complaint had been filed against him with the Judicial Service Commission.

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Judge’s exit derails interview process

A COMPLAINT about Supreme Court of Appeal Justice Ronnie Bosielo’s involvement in a black economic empowerment deal with Northam Platinum saw him on Tuesday withdrawing at the last minute from vying for a post on the Constitutional Court, derailing the process.

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JSC heads into marathon interview session for High Court vacancies

A MARATHON day is expected on Wednesday as the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is due to interview for six vacancies on the Gauteng High Court.

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Constitutional Court in spotlight as JSC begins a week of interviews

JUDICIAL Service Commission (JSC) interviews began on Monday morning, with the commission looking to fill one vacancy on the KwaZulu-Natal High Court.

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JSC to interview four candidates for top jobs

Four top judges will go head to head for a job at the Constitutional Court.

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Julius Malema questions judge about spouse’s business interests

A CANDIDATE for judicial appointment was on Wednesday questioned at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) about whether judges’ spouses should be able to have business interests.

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Pull-out exhausts JSC

The Judicial Service Commission’s bid to fill a Constitutional Court vacancy has suffered a setback again.

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President Zuma announces appointment of judges to various courts

The official announcement of President Jacob Zuma’s appointment of the Judges to the Supreme Court of Appeal and various High Courts, on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission following the April 2016 JSC interviews has been made.

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Aspirant judges find that JZ saga weighs on the JSC

Like the saltiness that floated in off the Atlantic Ocean and hung over the Sea Point hotel in Cape Town, the Constitutional Court’s judgment that found President Jacob Zuma had violated the country’s founding document weighed on the members of the Judicial Service Commission.

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My soul is not for sale – Chief Justice Mogoeng

Cape Town – No one is above the law and no state authority is immune from being held accountable. This is one of the key points that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng highlighted in an interview with Netwerk24 on Thursday – a week after his Nkandla judgment in the Constitutional Court.

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Sexwale prosecution a sore point for Donen in JSC interviews

CAPE senior counsel Michael Donen SC was put on the spot by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Friday for his role in the 1978 prosecution of the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) Tokyo Sexwale.

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Two Free State High Court judges recommended for appeals court

After a marathon day of interviews on Monday, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) announced it had recommended Free State High Court judges Connie Mocumie and Christiaan Van der Merwe to be appointed justices of the Supreme Court of Appeal.

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WhatsApp with the Mogoeng diss, judge?

A Western Cape High Court judge hoping for promotion was grilled yesterday about WhatsApp messages in which Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was accused of “fruitless and wasteful expenditure” and having “no conviction or insight”.

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‘Judge judges on rape findings’

Judges contending for the two positions at the Supreme Court of Appeal have been slated for deviating from minimum sentences in their rape findings.

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JSC recommends 2 candidates for Supreme Court of Appeal

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has recommended two candidates for appointment to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

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Nkandla case looms over JSC hearings

The Nkandla case loomed over the Judicial Service Commission hearings as panellists notably asked candidates to elaborate on the importance of law and the Constitution.

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Only one candidate nominated by JSC for EC high court vacancies

Only one candidate was recommended for the vacancies at the Eastern Cape Divisions of the high court by the Judicial Service Commission.

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Pistorius‚ Zuma feature at JSC hearings for SCA candidates

After sitting till after midnight on Monday‚ the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) recommended two candidates for appointment at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

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TRANSCRIPT: Judgment of the Constitutional Court on #Nkandla

This is the full transcript of the Constitutional Court ruling on Nkandla as presented by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

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Court finds Zuma failed to protect the Constitution

President Jacob Zuma failed to uphold, defend and protect the Constitution of SA, the Constitutional Court has found.

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Judges fail to apply for vacancy at top court

ONCE again the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has had to re-advertise for a position on SA’s highest court, only getting three nominations to fill a vacant post.

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Slow judicial transformation under scrutiny

LAST year, the majority of acting judges in the High Court in Cape Town were white and overwhelmingly male, at a time the Western Cape was under intense scrutiny for lack of transformation.

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When government doesn’t do its job and the courts don’t force it to

Like a rain storm that threatens but never actually arrives. That’s what judicial action against recalcitrant officials of the home affairs department amounts to.

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Why so many advocates are men from privileged backgrounds

When the state does not fund poor students adequately, they do not become academics. They get out, and earn money, just as soon as they can.

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Van Zyl gets the nod for Bhisho deputy judge president post

THE Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has opted for experience by choosing veteran judge David Van Zyl as deputy judge president of the Bhisho High Court over the recently appointed Judge Selby Mbenenge.

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