Justice Minister appoints 158 new magistrates

  • Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has introduced the appointment of 158 new magistrates.
  • The new authorized officers are anticipated to take up their posts by 1 October.
  • Lamola recommended the Magistrates Commission for his or her efforts in filling the posts.

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has appointed 158 new magistrates who will take office on 1 October.

“I want to commend the Magistrates Commission for their efforts in the enormous tasks of filling these posts. The shortlisting and interviewing of 418 candidates is unprecedented – all the more so given that the Commission had to do so under trying conditions brought about by Covid-19,” Lamola mentioned.

He mentioned the filling of the vacancies was an essential step, “… in capacitating our judicial officers and our courts, so as to enable them to deliver justice to all”.

In an announcement launched by his spokesperson Chrispin Phiri, Lamola’s division mentioned the Justice of the Peace’s courts have been the, “… coalface of our justice system.

“It is important that these courts, which are sometimes the primary port of name for the shelling out of justice, are well-capacitated and functioning optimally,” said Phiri.

He said the new appointees would have between now and October to hand in necessary resignation notices at their current positions and, where needed, make arrangements to relocate.

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Phiri said that of the 158 new appointments 104 are black, 23 are coloured, eight are Indian, and 23 are white. In terms of gender, 88 are female and 70 male.

He said:

The new appointments show how far we have come in terms of gender and racial transformation, as there are now 695 African, 143 Indian, 176 coloured, and 388 white persons on the level of Magistrate.

He said that if one included the regional, senior, and chief magistrates, as well as the Regional Court Presidents, “… to get a view of the magistracy as a complete”, 957 are black (50%), 204 are Indian (10,6%), 224 are coloured (11,7%), and 528 are white (27,6%) out of a total of 1 913.

A total of 947 are women, Phiri said.

“This signifies that 72,3% of our magistracy are black and 49,5% are feminine.”

He mentioned that when it comes to the rules for judicial officers within the decrease courts all newly appointment magistrates should, earlier than commencing with the capabilities of a judicial officer, attend a course with the South African Judicial Education Institute (SAJEI).

Phiri mentioned the Magistrates Commission performs an essential function within the filling of vacancies of magistrates’ posts.

The Magistrates Commission is a statutory physique established when it comes to the Magistrates Act, 1993 and the appointment procedures and processes are set out within the laws and in accompanying Regulations.

Phiri outlined the appointment course of saying vacancies have been first recognized and confirmed in opposition to the judicial institution and funded posts. Thereafter posts are marketed, purposes are processed, and shortlisting is finished.

Thereafter interviews are held and proposals are made by the Magistrates Commission after the conclusion of the interviews.

The suggestions are submitted to the Minister of Justice for his consideration and appointment.

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