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South Africa’s judiciary

South Africa has an independent judiciary, subject only to the Constitution and the law. Find out more about how the wheels of justice turn in South Africa.

Assessors can decide verdict on facts at Pistorius trial

Instead of relying on a jury of peers, the South African justice system makes provision for assessors. They are highly skilled, legally trained people selected by the judge, if he or she feels the need. In the Oscar Pistorius trial, there are two assessors, who may overrule the judge on a verdict when it comes to the facts of the case.

Media freedom is evolving

The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius is setting a precedent when it comes to press coverage of a criminal trial: never before has there been such interest in a court matter in South Africa. That reporters are allowed to live tweet from court, that cameras are allowed to film in the court building are big steps towards a more transparent, freer media.

Chaskalson to receive official funeral

Chaskalson to receive official funeral

The late Arthur Chaskalson, a lifelong defender of opponents of apartheid and the first president of South Africa's Constitutional Court following the advent of democracy in 1994, will receive a special official funeral, the Presidency said on Monday.
Swiss boost for SA's small claims courts

Swiss boost for SA’s small claims courts

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation has extended its partnership in a project aimed at revitalising South Africa's Small Claims Courts, making R10-million available for the project for a further four years.

Special courts ready for World Cup

Criminal cases involving 2010 Fifa World Cup visitors will be resolved quickly and efficiently in special courts, which have been primarily set up for the duration of the tournament.
Top safety plan for World Cup

2010 Fan Fests go global

Special courts ready for World Cup

People who disregard South Africa's laws during the 2010 Fifa World Cup will be "red-carded" by the law, with 54 special courts set up around the country to handle World Cup-related cases speedily.

Top judges to gather in SA

Over 260 senior judges from 93 countries will descend on South African shores for a high level conference focusing on constitutional court judges.

Amputee Oscar wins landmark case

Amputee Oscar wins landmark case

Oscar Pistorius' dream is alive again after the Court for Arbitration in Sport ruled that his prosthetics do not give him any advantage over able-bodied runners, thus paving the way for him to compete in the Olympics.
SA 'forging African security'

AU court for human rights cases

An African court to rule on cases of gross human rights violations on the continent is ready to start hearing cases, with South African judge Bernard Ngoepe one of 11 elected to the new institution.

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