Justice and Constitution

Government, parliamentary and legislative information on Justice and Constitutional Development.

Training Needs for Court Mediators Outlined

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

In order to become a court-annexed mediator, candidates will have to undergo at least forty hours contact training provided by a recognised training institute.

This requirement is contained in proposed Accreditation Norms and Standards for Mediators published for comment by the justice department in Government Gazette 37883.

Comment Invited on Legal Aid Bill

Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services

Parliament seeks comment on the Legal Aid Bill.

The bill was tabled in parliament last month.

The portfolio committee on justice and correctional services has called for comment on the bill until 20 August 2014.

State Reinforces Smalls Claims Court Stance

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Proposed legislation will reinforce the current position that no claims can be instituted against the state in a small claims court.

The Draft Small Claims Courts Amendment Bill has been published for comment.

The bill seeks to provide a comprehensive definition of the term “the state” highlighting the three levels of government.