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Beyond the Numbers: Diversity on the Constitutional Court Bench

Beyond the Numbers: Diversity on the Constitutional Court Bench

Originally the Constitutional Court was established as the final court on all constitutional matters. However, following the 17th amendment Act of 2012 it is now South Africa’s highest court on all matters. The Constitutional Court consists of the Chief Justice, the Deputy Chief Justice and nine other judges. Thus, the Court’s bench is supposed to […]

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, […]

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 […]