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Booysens and Plettenberg Magistrates Courts proclaimed to further improve Access to Justice and Services to the Public

01 Mar 2019

As part of efforts by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD) to broaden access to justice for all, Justice and Correctional Services Minister, Advocate Michael Masutha, has proclaimed two new courts to service their respective communities with effect from 1 March 2019, namely the Booysens Magistrates Court in Johannesburg, Gauteng and the Plettenberg Magistrates Court, in the Western Cape.

Booysens Magistrates Court

The new court has been built at Oakdene in the south of Johannesburg and will make it more convenient for local communities to access justice services. Until now, communities were serviced by the Johannesburg Central Magistrates Court in the Johannesburg Central Business District (CBD), which required them to travel up to 13 kilometres to be assisted. The new court will also alleviate the demand for justice services at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court. 

The facility was built at a cost of just over R242 million to reinstate the Booysens Branch Court that was moved to the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court due to inadequate facilities and increased matters on the court roll.

With effect from 1 March 2019 the court will render a range of family law services (maintenance matters, domestic violence matters, Children’s Court and Harassment Court matters), civil law services, Small Claims Court services and criminal law services, including the services of two regional courts.

Plettenberg Bay Magistrates Court

Currently, court services for communities in Plettenberg are being rendered from Knysna Magistrates Court, which is about 30km away with limited public transport available. Over the past 20 years, a periodical court has serviced Plettenberg Bay twice a week at the municipal building premises. The new court has been built at a cost of approximately R314 million at New Horizons which is 3km from the Plettenberg Bay CBD.

The Plettenberg Bay Court is served by the two police stations of Plettenberg Bay and Kwanokhutula and will incrementally bring the following service delivery relief to the communities of Plettenberg Bay, Kwanokhutula and surrounding areas:

  • Family Court Services
  • Civil Cases (including Small Claims Court matters)
  • Sexual Offences Court
  • Regional Courts
  • District Courts.

The Plettenberg Bay Magistrates Office is expected to function from 1 June 2019. 

Palm Ridge Magistrates Court
In an effort to better accommodate the court roll of the Specialised Commercial Crimes (SCC) Court in Johannesburg, the DoJ&CD has made arrangements for the SCC to operate at the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court, Gauteng.

The recently appointed Special Investigating Unit Tribunal will also be operational from the Specialised Crimes Court. The Tribunal will expedite the finalisation of matters the SIU refers for civil litigation following the conclusion of its investigations.

Access to justice remains a key pillar to our Constitutional democracy and the Department will therefore continue with its mandate of bringing justice services closer to the people.

Issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development 

Steve Mahlangu 
Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
079 878 7587