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Slight improvement in backlog at Western Cape High Court

But 16 judgments have been outstanding for at least six months

By Kim Reynolds - 13 December 2018
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Three ways to improve justice in South Africa

Our court system is frustrating, slow and technologically backward

By GroundUp Editors - 13 November 2018
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Rape trials are long, expensive and difficult

Frequent postponements are frustrating and emotionally draining for both the accused and accuser

By Kelly Vinett and Saam Niami Jalinous - 31 October 2018
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Banks are clogging up the justice system, says court

Pretoria High Court orders banks to use magistrates’ courts when acting against debtors

By Ciaran Ryan - 4 October 2018
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Victory for debtors as judges rule that cases must be referred to lower courts

Pretoria High Court finds that access to justice is denied by dragging cases into high courts

By Ciaran Ryan - 3 October 2018
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Two thirds of reserved judgments in SA courts are late

ARTICLE UPDATED

By Sophia Wilhelm and Tara Osborne - 27 September 2018
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Cape High Court backlog keeps getting worse

Seventeen judgments have been reserved for more than six months

By GroundUp Staff - 3 September 2018
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Bathabile Dlamini off-the-hook for court costs - for now

Delays could have been avoided by Dlamini and former CEO Pearl Bhengu but their conduct was not “in bad faith or grossly negligent”

By Zoë Postman - 30 August 2018
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Cost order against NGO weakens democracy

The South African History Archive should be able to access documents exposing crimes under apartheid

By Sharon Ekambaram and Mluleki Marongo - 3 July 2018
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Judge Hlophe fails to explain why judgments are extremely late

Sixteen judgments at the Cape High Court have been outstanding for more than half-a-year. Six have been outstanding since 2016.

By Nathan Geffen - 29 June 2018

Charges dismissed against three men accused of murdering Zanele Sandlana

Magistrate’s decision greeted with tears by protesters

By Phathiswa Shushwana - 27 June 2018
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Lesbian murder trial to start in Strand

Activists are demanding that the state explain why the accused is not in jail

By Barbara Maregele - 26 June 2018
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What are the limits of our right to know? An apartheid-era crookery case will provide the answer

The South African History Archive is still trying to get information from the Reserve Bank on Vito Palazzolo, Johann Blaauw and Robert Oliver Hill

By Ohene Yaw Ampofo-Anti - 14 June 2018
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“When will we black lesbians live freely in our community?”

Triangle Project moves to get man accused of lesbian murder behind bars

By Barbara Maregele - 23 May 2018
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Sexual assault charges against teacher dropped after five postponements

Court told the investigating officer is on leave and therefore witnesses could not be located

By Barbara Maregele - 22 May 2018
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Scathing judgment against Ekurhuleni municipality for 17-year housing delay

Court orders that homes must be built by end of year

By Ohene Yaw Ampofo-Anti - 18 January 2018