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New bill moves hearings on divorce to lower courts


Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional DevelopmentThe Jurisdiction of Regional Courts Amendment Bill (B48-2007), now tabled in Parliament, seeks to extend the jurisdiction of the regional courts, as distinct from…

Thirteen high courts renamed in new justice bill


Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional DevelopmentOf primary interest to the legal profession, the Renaming of High Courts Bill No. 5 of 2008 re-names thirteen of South Africa's high courts…

New bill aligns traditional court procedures with Constitution


Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional DevelopmentThe Traditional Courts Bill, now published, has as its main purpose the task of aligning customary law as practiced by traditional institutions with current…

Cabinet approves two justice bills abandoning floor crossing


CabinetCabinet gave its approval to two draft bills, The Constitution of South Africa Seventeenth and Eighteenth Amendment bills, which will effectively see the end of floor crossing as a parliamentary…

Attorneys get tenfold penalty increase for bad behaviour


Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional DevelopmentThe Judicial Matters Amendment Bill, representing a general "omnibus catch-up" on a number of diverse issues and a bill which is regularly tabled in…

Three new bills will bring an end to floor crossing


Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional DevelopmentThe minister of justice has recently published three new bills that will abolish the right of floor crossing across the entire political spectrum of…

Floor crossing bills: public submissions called for


Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional DevelopmentChairperson of the parliamentary committee on justice and constitutional development, Yunus Carrim, has called for submissions on the three bills tabled by the minister…