AUGUST 2020

Access to Courts are Improving after the COVID-19 Lockdown


With the new Practice Directives issued by the Judge President of the Western Cape High Court - effective 10 August 2020 – steps are being taken to clear the backlog caused by the lockdown on account of COVID 19.

For the first time since end of March 2020, default judgements may be enrolled for hearing, the case management system which is a precursor to the matter being declared trial ready will be re-implemented, trials will be heard and applications enrolled for argument.

Access to the courts and its officials remain extremely restricted with long queues often trailing along Keerom street. The rules regulating such access changes on a day to day basis, with new forms being designed as each day passes. We are often reminded at court to be patient because of the pandemic, and we find comfort in the fact that everyone is trying their best to pave a new normal during these uncertain times.

It is still not an ideal situation, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.