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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.

Plasket AJ
Victoria Park Ratepayers' Association v Greyvenouw CC and others (511/03) [2003] ZAECHC 19 (11 April 2003)
22 February 2010

Appointment of Judge MM Joffe as the Director of the newly established South African Judicial Education Institute

CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA MEDIA STATEMENT

17 FEBRUARY 2010

Appointment of Judge MM Joffe as the Director of the newly established South African Judicial Education Institute Braamfontein

The Council of the South African Judicial Education Institute resolved to appoint the South Gauteng High Court Judge MM Joffe as its first Director who will commence his duties on March 1, 2010. Notwithstanding his secondment, Judge Joffe will complete all judicial matters presently serving before him.

The South African Judicial Education Institute was established by Act 14 of 2008. The purpose of the Institute is to promote the independence, impartiality, dignity, accessibility and effectiveness of the courts by providing judicial education for judicial officers.

In carrying out this function the Institute is primarily directed and controlled by the judiciary. In carrying out its purpose the Institute will provide education and training for aspirant and newly appointed judicial officers. It will further provide on-going legal education and training for experienced judicial officers. 

The Act provides for the appointment of a Director who is to be responsible for the general administration of the Institute and who is to manage and direct the activities of the Institute subject to the direction of the Institute’s Council which is responsible for the governance of the Institute. The Chief Justice is the chairperson of the Council and the Deputy Chief Justice is the chairperson of the Executive Committee of Council.

As is evident by his appointment, the Council reposes much confidence in Judge Joffe’s ability in carrying out the functions of Director. The Council extends to Judge Joffe its best wishes and anticipates a rewarding association to the benefit of judicial education and the stature and dignity of the South African Judiciary.

Issued by the Office of the Chief Justice, Sandile Ngcobo Constitutional Court of South Africa Braamfontein, Johannesburg

For more information contact: Phenyo Nonqane Tel: 0123574528 Fax: 0866401359 E-mail: pnonqane@justice.gov.za

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