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)
1 March 2013

Ismail Mahomed Law Reform Essay Competition for Law students

In commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the Ismail Mahomed Law Reform Essay Competition, Juta has increased the total value of the prizes to R70 000. The competition, organised by the SA Law Reform Commission (SALRC), in partnership with Juta, is open to all LLB and LLM students registered at a SA university in the 2013 academic year. Each of the winners in the LLB and the LLM categories will receive an Incredible Connection or book voucher to the value of R20 000; or a one year subscription to Juta’s South African Law Reports from 1947 to date. The runners-up for both categories will each receive an Incredible Connection or book voucher to the value of R10 000 or one year subscription to Juta’s Statutes and Regulations of SA. E

ssays can be on any topic relating to the modernisation, improvement, development, or reform of any aspect, area or branch of SA law.

Entries must be submitted by 30 September, and will be judged by a panel appointed by the SALRC. For more information, contact the SALRC on (012) 392-9558 or emailjjoni@justice.gov.za 

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