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Implications of COVID-19 Regulations on Justice Outlined

March 24, 2020

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Each master’s office will, depending on their capacity, determine the number of public granted access to the office/building but this will not exceed 100.

The justice and correctional services minister, Ronald Lamola, confirmed this in a statement on the implementation of the COVID-19 Disaster Management Regulations.

In the statement, following a media briefing, the minister also declared that all meetings of creditors and/or interrogations will be cancelled up until 15 April 2020.

“Thereafter new protocols will be issued on how, by whom and where such meetings are to be convened. In respect of all other meetings that have already been convened and postponed those meetings should be further postponed by way of e-mail communication until such time as further protocols have been put on place.”

In terms of reporting of deceased estates, meetings on new matters with disputes will not be convened until 15 April 2020.

“In all new matters where there are no disputes, only the nominated representatives shall be allowed access to the office to report the estate.”

Following the court directives issued by the Chief Justice, the minister pointed out that the “courts are now restricted to Persons with material interests in a case, such litigants, accused, witnesses those who may be needed to provided support such as those accompanying children, victims of domestic violence and / or sexual abuse, elderly and people with disabilities, family members, representative of special interests or support groups and members of the media will be permitted to enter the court precinct”.