File: South African courts will continue to operate minimally during the 21-day lockdown.
JOHANNESBURG - South African courts will continue to operate minimally during the 21-day lockdown.
“Although the Constitutional Court and other Superior Courts are presently on recess, which does not apply to the Lower/Magistrate Courts, all courts would notwithstanding the coronavirus pandemic, continue to operate to a limited extent to deal with urgent matters,” said a statement by the office of the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.
The lockdown will come in effect on Thursday midnight as South Africa battles the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Broadly, the courts will, as an essential service, remain open for 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,” Mogoeng Mogoeng.