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Courts open 'to limited extent' during lockdown period – Mogoeng

25th March 2020 BY: African News Agency

South African courts would remain open during the country's 21-day lockdown as a result of Covid-19, but only to a limited extent, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said on Wednesday. 

Mogoeng said via a statement that he had delegated the authority to make customised directives to all of the heads of superior and lower courts.  

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This would enable courts to remain open and operational to a limited extent, as determined by the head of each court after consultation with their colleagues. 

During the lockdown, the following would be accommodated: the filing of papers and hearing of urgent applications, bail applications and appeals or matters relating to violations of liberty, domestic violence, maintenance and matters involving children.  

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In addition, the chief justice said that although the constitutional court and other superior courts were presently on recess, they would continue to operate to a limited extent to deal with urgent matters. 

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