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South Africa: Soweto’s Small Claims Court a Milestone for SA
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Apr 25, 2013

The Court, which will be used to settle minor civil disputes and claims between parties in an informal manner without representation by an attorney, forms part of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development’s commitment to establish a Small Claims Court in every magisterial district country-wide.

Gauteng is the first province to have a Small Claims Court in all of the magisterial districts.

The Small Claims Court model is an effective dispute resolution mechanism which contributes towards the realisation of the Department’s mandate to ensure access to justice for all.

Since its first sitting in August 2012, the Protea Small Claims has received 550 applications, which constitutes property and monies matters, and finalised 181 matters.
The court was official opened by Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, who also held an imbizo with the community
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