SWC courts could be model

2010-06-09 18:18
Johannesburg - If the special "World Cup" courts are a success, they could be used to expedite access to justice and the courts, the Law Society of SA (LSSA) said on Wednesday.

LSSA co-chair Max Boqwana and Peter Horn said: "If this system of special courts works well, and taking into account all available resources, it could prove to be a useful model that can be followed as part of other initiatives to expedite access to justice and the courts."

About 500 attorneys in private practice and 108 from Legal Aid SA were available to assist at the courts.

In terms of a plan initiated by Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, the courts would operate in two shifts - 08:30 to 16:30 and again from 16:30 to 23:00.

They would deal with offences committed by or against non-resident supporters; cases where a non-resident was a witness to a crime, or committed at a tourist attraction or any other place in the country which a senior public prosecutor would classify as a Fifa World Cup case.

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