THE SOUTH AFRICAN JUDICIARY
Secretary-General: Office of the Chief Justice
District Court Magistrates Training Objectives
1. Cost and Review of Taxation
i. To equip Magistrates with the skill to make cost awards, to review the taxation of bills of cost and understand the rules, principles and procedures.
ii. To improve the practical applications of the law of costs and the review of the taxation of bills of costs.
iii. To enhance the current performance of Magistrates by updating then with the latest developments in the law relating to costs and taxation.
2. Judgment writing
i. To equip magistrates with the skill to make judgement writing easier, shorter efficient and effective.
ii. To enhance community confidence in the judiciary by writing better judgements.
3. Judicial Skills for Magistrates presiding in Family Courts
i. To create an opportunity for Magistrates to interact with national stakeholders in Family courts and exchange information.
ii. To implement a plan of action to address challenges in the Family courts.
4. Judicial Management
i. To equip Magistrates with judicial management skills.
1. Judicial Skills for Aspiring District Magistrates
i. To equip suitably qualified people who aspire to be District Magistrates with necessary skills.
2. Judicial Skills for Magistrates presiding in Children’s Court
i. To equip Magistrates with relevant skills that will enable here/him to efficiently preside in the Children’s court.
3. Judicial skills for Magistrates presiding in Equality Court
i. To equip Magistrates with relevant skills that will enable here/him to efficiently preside in the Equality court.
ii. To address the unconscious bias in judicial decision making and managing diversity in the courts.
4. Judicial skills for Magistrates presiding in Criminal Court
i. To equip Magistrates with relevant skills that will enable here/him to efficiently preside in the Criminal court.
5. PAIA and PAJA
i. To provide Magistrates with a general understanding of the right to access to information and relevance of the Constitution.
ii. To ensure that Magistrates have an understanding of PAIA definitions and processes as well as interpretation of statutes within a Constitutional framework.
iii. To equip and empower Magistrates to understand the concept of administrative actions and general rules and principles that all Administrators must follow and the
remedies available for people affected by administrative decisions with special reference to PAIA.
6. Protecting the rights of Vulnerable groups in the Family Courts
i. To equip Magistrates with regard to protecting the rights of vulnerable groups with specific reference to the application of the following Acts:
a. Maintenance Act
b. Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse
c. Domestic Violence
d. Protection from Harassment
e. Older Persons.
7. National Credit Act
i. To equip Magistrates with skills of dealing with Debt Rescheduling as well as applying the following provisions:
a. Rule 12
b. Section 57
c. Section 58
8. Computer and Research skills
i. To equip Magistrates with computer literacy and research skills.
9. Stress management
i. To equip Magistrates with skills and tools on how to relief stress.
10. Criminal Procedure and Child Justice Act
i. To equip Magistrates with skills required to deal with Child Justice matters.
2015 - 2016