Quote of the week

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)
16 March 2015

Con Court calls for applications for Law Clerks for 2016

LAW CLERKS 2016

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The Constitutional Court invites applications from suitable candidates seeking appointment as law clerks for 2016.  Each Justice of the Constitutional Court is assisted by two law clerks whose primary function is to carry out legal research for their respective Justice.  Appointments are made for the periods January 2016 to December 2016 or July 2016 to June 2017 depending on each Justice’s requirements.  Applicants should indicate the period for which they wish to be considered.  Applications are considered by all Justices of the Court, and applicants should not specify a preference to work for a specific Justice.

The Office of the Chief Justice (Constitutional Court) seeks to ensure that the persons selected are broadly representative of the South African population in terms of race and gender.  Applicants should be in possession of an LLB degree (or an equivalent or post-graduate degree) or in the final year of study for such degree and should display an interest in subjects relating to constitutional law.  Academic excellence and research experience is recommended.  Further details about the programme can be found on our website www.constitutionalcourt.org.za.

Applications should include the following:

  • a cover letter;
  • a full curriculum vitae;
  • a certified ID copy;
  • certified copies of all academic records;
  • an example of written work between 6 – 12 pages in length, which demonstrates critical legal analysis and is written solely by the applicant; and
  • letters of recommendation from two referees, together with their names and contact details (including but not limited to email addresses).

Applications are to be submitted electronically to:

E-mail: applications@concourt.org.za

The salary for these contract positions is R 270 804.00 per annum plus 37% in lieu of benefits. No other benefits are afforded.

The closing date for applications is 31 March 2015.  No applications will be accepted after this date.  A letter and/or email will be sent to each applicant upon receipt of his/her application.  If an applicant does not receive an acknowledgment of receipt, he/she must contact the Office of the Chief Justice: Human Resources Department on 011 838 2010, attention Ms C Gideon.  Applicants who are shortlisted for an interview will be notified by 15 May 2015.  If you are not notified by that date, please consider your application unsuccessful.

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