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Rationalization of magistrates’ districts underway in four provinces

The Cabinet welcomed the finalization of the rationalization of the main districts of the four remaining provinces.

According to the Cabinet, the provinces include the Eastern Cape, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.

“The process, which gives effect to the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996, began in 2014 with the rationalization of the main districts of Gauteng and the North West. Limpopo and Mpumalanga were finalized in 2016 and the North Cape in 2018, ”Minister of the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said on Thursday.

Prior to 1994, Gungubele said the country’s master districts were racially determined, perpetuating inferior judicial services to blacks living in the late homelands, autonomous states and townships.

“The proposed reconfigured court jurisdiction limits ensure equal access to the justice system for all South Africans,” he said, adding that the process to ultimately define those limits was a comprehensive one.

According to the minister, it included the judiciary, the South African police service, the national prosecution authority, the legal aid board, the municipal demarcation board and all relevant stakeholders in the respective provinces.

Management of State disputes

Meanwhile, the Cabinet said it approved three policies on state dispute management, mediation and state legal representation.

“These policies aim to promote professional and profitable management of state litigation cases,” he explained.

In addition, the policies set out general principles to be observed and the approach to be taken by the Office of the State Attorney (OSA) when dealing with contentious cases.

In addition, the policies establish uniform procedures and provide a framework to assist the OSA.

“The mediation policy also introduces alternative interventions in cases that can be resolved through less costly legal proceedings. “

These approved policies will function as a bridging mechanism while the State Prosecutor’s Law of 1957 (Law 56 of 1957), as amended, is under review. –

Rationalization of magistrates’ districts underway in four provinces

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