Criminal

Bail

Bail is an amount of money paid to ensure the temporary release of someone (“accused”) who has been arrested for an alleged criminal offence. read more...

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is where a person (“the complainant”) is being harmed by another person (“the respondent”) while they are in a domestic relationship. read more...


Civil Procedure

Administration Orders

It is an order made by a Magistrate’s Court setting out different amounts that a person (“debtor”) must pay towards his/her outstanding debt with one or more persons (“creditor/s”). read more...

Emoluments Attachment Orders

Once a person (“creditor”) has obtained judgment against another person (“debtor”) for the payment of money (“debt”), s/he can enforce such a judgment in various ways. For example, if the debtor fails to pay money in terms of a judgment, the creditor may apply for an EAO or a Garnishee Order (“GO”) read more...

Garnishee Orders

Once a person (“creditor”) has obtained judgment against another person (“debtor”) for the payment of money (“debt”), s/he can enforce such a judgment in various ways. For example, if a debtor fails to pay money in terms of a judgment, the creditor may apply for a GO or an Emolument Attachment Order (“EAO”). read more...

Harassment

When a person’s behaviour is so extreme, abusive or rude that it causes harm to another person or makes another person believe that s/he will suffer harm. This may include mental, psychological, physical or financial harm. read more...

Prescription

Prescription is when a debt (for example, obligation to pay money) is extinguished after a period of time. read more...

Small Claims Court

Prescription is when a debt (for example, obligation to pay money) is extinguished after a period of time. read more...


Consumer

Consumer Protection Act

In the past, people have not always been protected against the suppliers of goods or services. Suppliers misled consumers about the quality of their goods or services, or offered goods or services on unreasonable terms and conditions, leaving the consumer with no remedy in the event of a problem occurring with these goods or services. read more...


Delictual Claims

Motor Vehicle Accidents

What must a person do after a motor vehicle accident (“accident”)? read more...


Estates Planning

Wills

A Will is a document in which a person ("the testator”) makes sure that his/her belongings are distributed in accordance with his/her wishes after his/her death. read more...


Family and Customary Matters

Adoption

'Adoption is the process where a person applies in court to be considered as the parent of a child. read more...

Age, Domicile and Status

A person’s capacity is limited by his/her domicile, age, or mental and physical ability. read more...

Child Contact

Contact refers to maintaining a personal relationship with a child. It entitles a person to see, spend time with (visit or be visited) or communicate (through post, by telephone or any form of electronic communication) with a child who does not live with that person. read more...

Cohabitation

It is when an unmarried couple lives together in a long-term relationship that resembles a marriage. read more...

Divorce

If spouses are having marital problems, they can either try to save the marriage through counselling or if there is no chance of saving the marriage, they can decide to get divorced. read more...

Maintenance

Maintenance is an amount of money that a person has to pay towards another person based on a legal duty to support that person. read more...

Marriages

A person can get married in terms of a civil marriage, customary marriage, civil union or religious marriage. read more...

Unmarried Father

When can an unmarried father obtain parental rights and responsibilities towards his child? read more...


Immovable Property

Buying or Selling a Property

A person (“buyer”) must contact his/her bank to find out whether or not s/he qualifies for a home loan and if so, what amount s/he qualifies for. read more...

Evictions

An eviction occurs when a person is legally forced to leave the property s/he is staying on. read more...

Lease Agreements

A lease agreement is entered into when one person, the landlord, gives use and enjoyment of his/her property (for example, a house, flat or room) to another person, the tenant, for a specific period of time in return for the payment of rent. read more...

Rental Housing Tribunal

A complaint may be lodged by the tenant or the landlord of a dwelling (for example, a house, room or flat) concerning the following examples of unfair practices... read more...

Transfer of Property

The transfer of property is when the ownership of a property is moved from one person to another person. This happens when a property is sold or when the owner of the property dies and leaves the property to another person. read more...


Labour

Being Employed

An employment relationship comes into existence when one person (“employee”) agrees to assist or place his/her services at the use and control of another person (“employer”) who then agrees to pay him/her compensation. read more...

Dismissal

An employment relationship comes into existence when one person (“employee”) places his/her services at the use and control of another person (“employer”) in exchange for money (“compensation”). read more...

Retrenchment

Retrenchment is a form of dismissal due to no fault of the employee, it is a process whereby the employer reviews its business needs in order to increase profits or limit losses, which leads to reducing its employees. read more...

Strikes and Lock-Outs

To strike is the refusal to work, the slowing down of work or the obstruction of work by employees (“strikers”). read more...

Unemployment Insurance Fund

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (“UIF”) offers short-term financial assistance (“benefits”) to a person who... read more...

Workplace Injuries

In terms of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (“COIDA”) the Compensation Fund (“Fund”) provides compensation to employees who become disabled due to occupational injuries or diseases caused in the course of their work. read more...