Recently some of the Small Claims Court Commissioners were commended by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development for rendering long and dedicated pro bono services.
Congratulations and thank you to Small Claims Court attorneys Mr Chris Robbertse (25 years), Mr Chris Stander (25 years) and Mr Dries Botha (20 years – he is not an active Commissioner anymore), Mr O’Brien Botha (10 years – his service was interrupted while he was a magistrate), Mr Gert van der Walt (10 years) and Mr Andri van der Walt (10 years).
These Small Claims Court Attorneys have been acknowledged by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, for long and committed service as Commissioners of the Small Claims Court. They received certificates of appreciation for their good work and acknowledgement of the sacrifice they have made and are making. The Small Claims Courts were established on 20 September 1985 in order to allow members of the community to institute minor civil claims in a speedy, affordable and simple manner without using an attorney.
The jurisdiction of the Small Claims Courts are presently limited to claims which are not in excess of R15 000-00. Currently there are 354 Small Claims Courts nationally and additional courts are being established on a continuous basis. The hearings are conducted by appointed Commissioners on a pro bono basis (without remuneration) ensuring the continuous existence of these courts. Sitting times vary from area to area with the majority of the courts sitting in the afternoons or evenings on weekdays. The Piet Retief court sits on Tuesday afternoons, starting at 14:30. Prospective plaintiffs, who want to make use of the Small Claims Court, are invited to approach the Clerk of the Small Claims Court at the Magistrate’s Office.