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Selection of land court judge president stalls

Author: Franny Rabkin

Judicial Service Commission (JSC) interviews for judge president of the Land Claims Court have been put on ice because of a case pending at the Constitutional Court.

The interviews were supposed to herald a new era for the judges of this court, which has for years been made up of secondments from the High Court and of acting judges.

The first batch of Land Claims Court judges was appointed for a fixed term of five years. Once their term expired the appointment system was amended piecemeal, resulting in an untidy state of affairs. This included some “semipermanent” acting appointments, some for as long as five years, which many viewed as undesirable.

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