Think piece: Suggesting magistrates don’t know the law is misleading

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Think piece: Suggesting magistrates don’t know the law is misleading

Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, John Jeffery is seen during a press briefing at the GCIS offices, 23 January 2017, in Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

To create an impression that all magistrates ‘don’t know the law’ has the potential to erode public trust in the magistracy.

The public expect the highest standards of conduct from judicial officers in our courts and it is in the magistrates’ courts that the vast majority of South Africans access justice. That’s why the public’s perception of the magistracy ultimately affects their confidence in the justice system as a whole. On 7 January, an article appeared in The Citizen (“SA Magistrates ‘don’t know law’”) which reported on interviews with 88 applicants for vacancies in regional magistrates’ posts and purports an alleged lack of knowledge, amongst some of the applicants, of the laws around rape. The article discusses the views of advocacy...



 


 

 

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