An ‘important purpose of section 34 [of the Constitution] is to guarantee the protection of the judicial process to persons who have disputes that can be resolved by law’ and that the right of access to court is ‘foundational to the stability of an orderly society. It ensures the peaceful, regulated and institutionalised mechanisms to resolve disputes, without resorting to self-help. The right of access to court is a bulwark against vigilantism, and the chaos and anarchy which it causes. Construed in this context of the rule of law and the principle against self-help in particular, access to court is indeed of cardinal importance’.The right guaranteed s34 would be rendered meaningless if court orders could be ignored with impunity:the underlying purposes of the right — and particularly that of avoidance of self-help — would be undermined if litigants could decide which orders they wished to obey and which they wished to ignore.
In commemoration of women’s month, the Department of Justice & Constitutional Development in the Western Cape has partnered with the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL), BLA (Black Lawyers’ Association) and SAWLA (South African Women Lawyers’ Association) to plan this year’s Access to Justice Week, which will take place from 20-25 September 2010.
The following activities have been identified for the Access to Justice week:
a) Rendering of practical court assistance (20 and 21 September 2010);b) Educational seminar workshops (22 and 23 September 2010); andc) Offering of Legal Advice for the members of the public at Advice offices which will take place across the Western Cape region on 24 and 25 September 2010.
With regard to the first activity, the following courts have been identified:
Civil section- Cape Town Court;Family Law section- Maynard Plaza- Wynberg;Family Law section Bhorat Centre-Athlone;Family Law section- Philippi Magistrate’s office;Family Law section- Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Office;Family Law section-Bishop Lavis Magistrate’s office;Family Law section- Worcester Magistrate’s office;Family Law section- Atlantis Magistrate’s office;Family Law section- George Magistrate’s office (targeting community of Thembalethu); andFamily Law section- Paarl Magistrate’s office (targeting community of Mbekweni).
If you wish to participate in the above activities (by offering legal assistance, advice or training), please contact Carnietta Davidson and/or Matilda Smith (Nadel Western Cape Exec members) who are co-ordinating the activities on behalf of Nadel. Their contact details:
Carnietta Davidson: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com / Ph: 021 6805338.
Matilda Smith: Email: Matilda.Smith@uct.ac.za / Ph: 021 6504023.
Please copy me in your emails to Carnietta and/or Matilda.
“Wathint’ Abafazi Wathint’ Imbokodo!
You strike a woman, you strike a rock!”BACK TO TOP