Courts expand their services to municipalities
08 May 2015
The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has sought to expand their services in the municipalities in the Western Cape Province in its drive to increase access to justice.
In accordance to the Notices published in the Gazette, the municipal buildings of Hermanus, George and Stellenbosch will also be a seat for the Magistrate’s Court of the district. The latter places will, with effect from 1 June 2015 provide additional court facilities for the local magistrate’s court. Not only will these centres hear traffic cases but also other cases that can ideally be resolved at the local level. The Chief Magistrate at the main centre will issue directives regarding cases that will be dealt with at the satellite sites. Not only does the above Municipalities offer office space, but also appointed the support staff to man the courts. The Justice Ministry will provide the magistrates and prosecutors to these courts.
This not only alleviates the congestion of cases at the main centres of the Magistrate’s Courts but increases access to justice for the local community. This is a positive development through which the corporation between National Government and local government yields immeasurable benefit to the local community.
Municipalities in other provinces including Ekurhuleni in Gauteng have come forward and offered their support to the Department in its effort to improve access to justice.
Minister Masutha is in liaison with Minister of Transport with a view to developing a legislative framework for a more structured and sustainable collaboration between the Department and Municipalities regarding on matters relating to the administration of justice.
Issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
Enquiries: Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga
Spokesperson for the Department of Justice and Correctional services