LAWS ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT(AS ON 28 MAY 2014) (Note: This list only consists of Principal Acts administered by the Department and only Amendment Acts containing substantive provisions and Amendment Acts which have not yet been implemented) The Pre-Union legislation which is administered by the Department might contain provisions that areobsolete or redundant. These Acts, […]

Replaces the Prevention of Family Violence Act, 1993. The Act comprises a substantial broadening of the limited scope of the 1993 – Act, and recognises that domestic violence is a serious social evil and an obstacle to achieving gender equality. The Act offers protection to any victim of domestic violence who is in a domestic relationship with an abuser. A broad definition has been given to “domestic violence”, so as to include any form of abuse and not only physical abuse. The Act places a duty on a member of the Police Service to inform a victim of his or her rights at the scene of the incident of domestic violence. Provision is also made for the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service to issue national guidelines which must be observed when dealing with domestic violence, and failure to comply with these guidelines will result in disciplinary proceedings against the member concerned.

The courts are independent and subject only to the Constitution and the law, which they must apply impartially and without fear, favour or prejudice. The Chief Justice is the head of the judiciary and exercises responsibility over the establishment and monitoring of norms and standards for the exercise of the judicial functions of all courts.

We, the people of South Africa,
Recognise the injustices of our past;
Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land;
Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and
Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.

  Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996   165. Judicial Authority 166. Judicial System 167. Constitutional Court 168. Supreme Court Appeal 169. High Court of South Africa 170. Other Courts 171. Court Procedures 172. Powers of Courts in Constitutional Matters 173. Inherent Power 174. Appointment of Judicial Officers 175. Appointment of acting judges 176. Terms of Office and Remuneration 177. Removal 178. Judicial Service Commission 179. Prosecuting Authority 180. Other Matters Concerning Administrationi of […]

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