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Eskom to declare force majeure on power contracts

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Tags: #General Legal Practice
Eskom has told independent producers of wind-generated power that it will declare force majeure on their power purchase contracts due to a lack of demand for electricity during the lockdown, says a Business Day report.

Cape Bar lodges complaint against Judge Parker

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Tags: #Ethics #General Legal Practice
The Cape Bar Council has lodged a complaint with the JSC against Western Cape High Court Judge Mushtak Parker, with regard to his conduct and knowledge of an alleged R8m shortfall in the trust account of a legal firm he helped to establish, according to a Daily Maverick report by Marianne Thamm.

Has your lawyer informed you about Mediation?

By Ashersons Attorneys Published on Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Litigation
Mediation is a voluntary process which allows parties to a dispute the opportunity to appoint a qualified and impartial mediator, whose role it is to facilitate discussions and assist the parties in reaching an agreed settlement.

RAF lawyers' claims get short shrift in High Court

Describing their concerns as ‘more illusory than real’, the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has dismissed an urgent application by attorneys to continue as lawyers for the RAF.

‘Vague’ regulations may be exploited

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 30 March 2020
Tags: #General Legal Practice
While the current lockdown will only be effective if we embrace the spirit of the recently-promulgated regulations and avoid leaving our houses unless it is absolutely necessary, in some cases these regulations may have to be augmented to clarify matters and to ensure their effective enforcement.

Rapper's conviction sought on principle of dolus eventualis

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Tags: #Criminal Law #General Legal Practice
Rapper Pitch Black Afro should have known his actions would have led to his wife’s death when he allegedly hit her head against a wall. This was the state's argument in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) yesterday in seeking the conviction of the rapper – real name Thulani Ngcobo – on the principle of dolus eventualis, because he should have foreseen that his actions could reasonably lead to someone's death.

Mediation before litigation rule now in force

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Litigation
From this week, a new court rule requires that parties must consider mediation to try to resolve their disputes before taking a matter to court.

President facing court action over judiciary salaries

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Tags: #General Legal Practice
President Cyril Ramaphosa is facing court action if he doesn’t reconsider his recent pronouncement on salaries for the judiciary.

Book claiming apartheid paedophile ring withdrawn

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 04 March 2020
Tags: #General Legal Practice
The controversial book The Lost Boys of Bird Island, in which claims of paedophilia are made against apartheid-era Ministers, has been withdrawn by its publishers, says a News24 report.

Magistrate Desmond Nair suspended over Bosasa claims

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 27 February 2020
Tags: #General Legal Practice
Justice Minister Ronald Lamola yesterday provisionally suspended Pretoria Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair pending the outcome of an investigation into his fitness to hold office.

LSSA threatens legal action over RAF files directive

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Tags: #General Legal Practice
The Law Society (LSSA) has raised its concern about the ‘drastic action’ of the Road Accident Fund (RAF), labelling its decision to instruct RAF-appointed attorneys to hand over case files ‘unconstitutional, irrational, unreasonable and arbitrary’, reports Legalbrief.

RAF demands return of case files from lawyers

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Motor Vehicles #Personal Injury Law
More than 90 mostly black-owned law firms and their clients across the country might be left in the lurch after the Road Accident Fund (RAF) demanded they hand back case files.

Zuma lawyers allegedly paid millions by Gupta-linked firm

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 24 February 2020
Tags: #General Legal Practice
Jacob Zuma’s former lawyers have denied they received millions of rands from a Gupta-linked company fuelled by money allegedly stolen from Transnet.

Hlophe saga ... and the missing court papers

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Tags: #Ethics #General Legal Practice #Litigation
Goings-on behind the scenes at the Western Cape High Court continue to grab the media’s attention – and now questions are being asked about missing court papers regarding the matter of the alleged misappropriation of R8m from the trust of a legal firm founded by Judge Mushtak Parker, one of the division’s judges.

Acting KZN Judge President defends Zuma judge

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 17 February 2020
Tags: #Criminal Law #General Legal Practice #Litigation
Acting Judge President of the KZN High Court, Judge Mjabuliseni Madondo has publicly condemned the ‘attacks’ on Judge Dhaya Pillay who is presiding over former President Jacob Zuma’s corruption case.

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