Rules on Small Claims Courts drawn up

Small Claims Courts
12 Oct 2022

Rules Regulating Matters in Respect of the Small Claims Courts have been drawn up.

The justice and constitutional development department published the Rules in Government Gazette 47254.

Small claims courts offer a quicker and easier way of resolving certain civil disputes that involve amounts up to R20 000.

The Rules were drafted in terms of the Rules Board for Courts of Law Act read with section 25 of the Small Claims Courts Act.

They focus on, inter alia, Advisory Board; duties of the clerk of the court; interpreters; summons; service of summons; hearing; offer by judgment debtor after judgment in terms of section 40 of the act; representation of parties; non-compliance with rules, including time limits and errors; and fees of sheriff.

The Rules will come into effect on a date still to be determined by the justice and correctional services minister.

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