These are the ‘priority matters’ SA courts will hear during lockdown: Lamola

For the remainder of Level 4 of the lockdown, South Africa’s courts will prioritise cases involving corruption, sexual offences, gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF), serious violent crimes, robbery, murder and the violation of Covid-19 regulations. This according to Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola, who issued directives for Level[…]

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Court postponements: Who really suffers?

From bail hearings to trials, there are often unavoidable delays in South Africa’s courts, experts say. Postponements can sometimes lead to a loss of momentum in cases, causing severe damage in the process. While court proceedings are often postponed “for further investigation”, Marius Du Toit of Du Toit Attorneys notes[…]

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Duduzane’s culpable homicide trial to begin on Tuesday

The culpable homicide trial of former President Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, is expected to begin at the Randburg Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. Zuma faces two charges of culpable homicide and one of reckless and negligent driving. This relates to a car crash in February 2014 on the M1 highway in Johannesburg.[…]

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Donald Trump clashes with courts over immigration ban

President Donald Trump has ramped up his criticism of the US court system, accusing it of putting the country in peril. His comments came hours after a federal appeals court rejected the Trump administration’s request to reinstate a controversial ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.[…]

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Concerns over handling of child sex abuse cases

Child rights activists have voiced concern over lengthy delays in child sex abuse cases as well as the failure of the state to appropriately cater to the needs of young victims. It comes amidst a high profile case against a Plettenberg Bay educator accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year old[…]

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Pakistan adopts army courts in ‘terror’ cases

Pakistan has voted in favour of military trials for terrorism suspects, following December’s attack by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) on a military-run school that killed 148 people, mostly children. The bill secured the vote of 242 politicians from the lower house of parliament on Tuesday, 14 more than the two-thirds[…]

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Pakistan to use army courts for terror cases

Pakistan has announced plans to set up special military-run courts to prosecute terrorism suspects as part of a new anti-terrorism plan following the Taliban school massacre that killed 149 people, including 132 children. In a live televised address to the nation on Wednesday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced 25[…]

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