Courts & Legal Services

Getting legal aid

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You can get professional legal advice and representation even if you can’t afford it.

Busi Goes to Court

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This colour-in story explains what a child can expect if they are required to go to court as a witness or complainant.

Constitutional Court Website

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This court hears all matters concerning human rights or the constitution. The site contains information on upcoming cases as well as the judgements from previous cases. There are also details on the rules of the court and the Constitutional Court judges.

Enforcing a Maintenance Order

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If the court has ordered that a parent must pay child support, it is a criminal offence not to pay.

Equality Courts

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Equality Courts are courts designed to deal with matters covered by the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 4 of 2000, also known as the Equality Act.

Getting a maintenance order

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As parents we have a legal duty to financially support our children. If you are the primary caregiver of a child, you have the right to apply to a maintenance court for an official demand that the other parent contribute monthly to the support of the child.

Getting Witness Protection

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If you are a witness and are afraid for your safety for reasons linked to being a witness, you can apply for witness protection. You can be afraid for your own safety or that of anyone related to you. You can be afraid of a single person or of a group of people. Anyone who is a member of your household or family, or who is close to you in any way, can apply for protection for you if you are unable to do so. You can apply for a child without the child's guardian's (parent or other person responsible for the child) permission if:

Labour Courts Website

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This site contains judgements from the labour court from 1998 to 2001.

Small Claims Court: Institute Your Own Claim

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This document sets out what you need to do to institute a claim in the Small Claims Court. It also contains information on the court procedures.

The Courts of South Africa

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Confused about the courts in South Africa? This document explains South Africa's court structure, and has contact details for the courts as well as links to their decisions online.

Who are Probation Officers?

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This short article explains the role of probation officers in the criminal justice system.