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The burning issues the new Chief Justice will face in their first few days

The burning issues the new Chief Justice will face in their first few days

Following a grueling and rowdy series of Judicial Service Commission interviews, the ball of who will become the next chief justice of South Africa is now firmly in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s court. As many have stated, the decision ultimately lies with the President, despite the JSC’s recommendation of Supreme Court of Appeal President Mandisa Maya. […]

The appointment of the new Chief Justice: What went wrong? Is it as bad as it seems? Where do we go from here?

The appointment of the new Chief Justice: What went wrong? Is it as bad as it seems? Where do we go from here?

The process of appointing South Africa’s next Chief Justice was never going to be a simple one. There was unprecedented process involving the consideration of four candidates, part of which involved public interviews by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), a body which has been subject to much criticism over the years. And, in 2021, had […]

Process and criteria: Issues to watch out for in the JSC’s April 2021 sitting

Process and criteria: Issues to watch out for in the JSC’s April 2021 sitting

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) begins a marathon sitting on Monday (12 April 2021). 88 candidates are scheduled to be interviewed over two weeks, to fill 31 vacancies on courts including the Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Appeal, the Labour Court and all of the divisions of the High Court. This is obviously a very […]

Sifiso Msomi’s questions in the October 2019 interviews

Sifiso Msomi’s questions in the October 2019 interviews

How commissioner Sifiso Msomi’s questions in the October 2019 interviews brought the issue of the JSC criteria into sharp focus The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) interviews candidates for the judicial posts available across South Africa and following those interviews the JSC makes recommendations to the President for appointment to the bench. Judges Matter has previously […]