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The fourth edition of Principles of Evidence strikes a balance between the theory of the law of evidence and its practical application. This edition continues to assess the impact of the Constitution on the traditional Anglo-South African law of evidence, especially with regards to the admissibility of unconstitutionally obtained evidence. It further discusses the statutory provisions regulating diverse matters such as sexual history evidence and the admissibility of electronic evidence.
The new edition deals with the new legislation affecting the law of damages, including the Road Accident Fund Amendment Act 19 of 2005, the National Credit Act 34 of 2005 and the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008. A large number of important Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Appeal and High Court judgments and academic contributions since 2003 relating to most fields of the law of damages in both delict and contract are examined in the new editions.
Precedents for Applications in Civil Proceedings has been written to assist all, from aspirant novices to experienced practitioners. The book contains more than 100 examples covering an extensive range of more than 50 subjects, with commentary on the requirements of applications and the identification of typical defences. Precedents for Applications in Civil Proceedings comprises four parts: Part 1 - Introduction and General Guidelines: advice on drafting with emphasis on application papers; Part 2 - Generic Applications and General Matters: generic applications such as interdicts, reviews, appellate applications and the like; Part 3 - Procedural, Interlocutory and Incidental Applications Matters: An extensive range of interlocutory, incidental and procedural applications; Part 4 - Specific Substantive Applications: Comprising a wide range of subjects with commentary and precedents thereon.
Dismissal remains the most thorough and comprehensive work available on a problem that confronts employers, lawyers, judges and arbitrators every working day - when is it fair to terminate the relationship with employees, for whatever reason this regrettable step may be deemed necessary? This work deals with all the circumstances in which dismissals arise and are challenged - from dismissals for misconduct and incapacity, through retrenchments, automatically unfair dismissals, dismissals of protected and unprotected strikers, to the procedures required before such dismissals can lawfully be effected and challenged. Written in the clear and readable style for which the author has become acclaimed, the exposition of each principle is illustrated with examples drawn from the case law. This third edition adds many judgments handed down since the second edition was published four years ago, and incorporates judgments law and statutory amendments that have been handed down or enacted since then. Dismissal forms a volume in a quartet by the author, and should where necessary be read with its companion volumes - Employment Rights, Collective Labour Law and Labour Litigation & Dispute Resolution.
Eric Morris’ Technique in Litigation has been of inestimable value to fledgling advocates and attorneys for four decades. The book is concerned with litigation in both the High Courts and the magistrates’ courts, and provides useful, practical guidance on all aspects of litigation.
The sixth edition of Technique in Litigation has been substantially revised and updated, resulting in a book that still captures Morris’ humour and timeless wisdom, while at the same time being thoroughly topical and practical for the modern lawyer seeking to become a courtroom specialist.
The book will be of value not only to young practitioners still learning the technique of litigation, but also to more experienced practitioners to verify and enhance their courtroom techniques.
Both the law of testate succession and the law of intestate succession are of major importance to the administrator of an estate in determining how estate assets should be distributed.
The most important aspects of these branches of the law are regulated by legislation. There are, however, aspects of the law that are based on common law and which are not governed by legislation. These matters, such as the interpretation of wills, aspects regarding the capacity to inherit, accrual and massing are also discussed.
The law of evidence is vital to each legal practitioner and forms part of the curriculum of every South African law qualification. It is compulsory even for some degrees not strictly confined to legal practice, such as certain police and related qualifications. However, the law of evidence is not considered an easy subject, especially not for persons who have never been inside a court of law.
In this work, academics with practical experience of the criminal justice system have selected a number of decided cases as well as statutes relevant to the law of evidence. Illuminating commentary is provided, which should assist any student of the discipline to get to the core of these texts. Due attention has also been paid to the constitutional aspects of the law of evidence.
Die bewysreg is onmisbaar vir elke regspraktisyn en maak deel uit van die leerplan van elke Suid-Afrikaanse regskwalifikasie. Dit is selfs verpligtend vir sommige grade wat nié tot die regspraktyk beperk is nie, soos sekere polisie en verbandhoudende kwalifikasies. Tog word bewysreg as ’n moeilike vak beskou, veral vir diegene wat nog nooit in ’n geregshof was nie.
In hierdie boek het akademici met praktiese ervaring van die strafregstelsel ’n aantal besliste hofsake sowel as wetgewing van toepassing op die bewysreg uitgesoek. Die insiggewende kommentaar wat voorsien word, behoort enige student van bewysreg tot die kern van die tekste te help deurdring. Behoorlike aandag word ook geskenk aan die grondwetlike aspekte van die bewysreg.
Prisoners' Self-Help Litigation Manual, in its much-anticipated
fourth edition, is an indispensable guide for prisoners and
prisoner advocates seeking to understand the rights guaranteed to
prisoners by law and how to protect those rights. Clear,
comprehensive, practical advice provides prisoners with everything
they need to know on conditions of confinement, civil liberties in
prison, procedural due process, the legal system, how to litigate,
conducting effective legal research, and writing legal
This second edition of Extinctive Prescription aims to reflect the law as developed by judgments and statutory changes over a period of more than twenty years since the publication of the first edition.
The principles of extinctive prescription have been scrutinised by the courts in numerous reported cases over this period, including prominent judgments of the Constitutional Court dealing with the justification for extinctive prescription, the concept of ‘debt’, and the knowledge requirement for prescription to begin to run. This edition also examines the principles governing the co-existence of the 1969 Prescription Act and prescription or time limitation provisions in other statutes, with reference to certain prominent examples. A new chapter 12 deals with procedure.
Reported cases continue to illustrate the practical importance of extinctive prescription and the thorough analysis of theory and policy required for its application.
Eckard's Principles of Civil Procedure in the Magistrates' Courts considers the law of civil procedure in the magistrates' courts. The work provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview and analysis of civil procedural law in the magistrates' courts and includes numerous illustrative examples of pleadings and notices as well as various prescribed forms relevant to proceedings. The content of this edition is presented in well-organised chapters, which highlight features of practical importance to scholars and the legal profession. It provides extensive coverage of complex issues and new material.
Trial preparation is a process that often commences immediately after the close of pleadings. It involves what may be categorised as: external procedural steps directed at the opposing litigant or third parties, such as requesting further particulars and replying to requests, making discovery and subpoenaing witnesses; internal acts of preparation, such as identifying the issues in a matter, determining the witnesses required to be called, preparing to lead and cross-examine witnesses and undertaking research on law. An extensive range of the steps to be taken are dealt with in this book. Where they involve matters of procedural and related law, the basic principles are set out and practical advice is given to assist in deciding when and how to use these legal procedures. Practical steps to prepare for trial are also dealt with in a manner that can be readily understood. To explain abstract concepts, several examples of pleadings in different types of actions (in an appendix) are used as illustrations.
While a great deal has been written on the topic already, this textbook focuses on introducing human rights law in a comprehensive but easy-to-understand manner to the benefit of both lecturers and students. It is hoped that this work will assist lecturers who teach the subject at first- or second-year level, both in the LLB degree and other university programmes, as well as non-governmental organisations and others parties who train their staff or stakeholders in basic principles of the law. The book should also benefit students by covering the breadth of human rights law directly applicable to students studying law in South Africa.
The text contains a number of scenarios to help readers grasp the material being discussed by illustrating relevant constitutional principles and issues. Cases are integrated into the text in a manner that should facilitate an understanding of their application. This book contains complete court judgments, statutes, a bibliography and questions to respective chapters which will assist lecturers and students in finding their way beyond the book at whatever level they deem appropriate.
Die sewende uitgawe van Deliktereg, wat gelyktydig met die Engelse weergawe hiervan verskyn, is in die geheel hersien en bygewerk in die lig van nuwe gesag en literatuur wat uit die aard van die saak soms 'n aanpassing van regsbeginsels of teoretiese standpunte meegebring het. In die besonder is aandag gegee aan die lewendige akademiese en regterlike debat wat sedert die vorige uitgawe oor die deliksbeginsels gevoer is, veral oor die verhouding tussen onregmatigheid, nalatigheid en juridiese kousaliteit.
Blueprints provide a unique plan for studying the law, giving a visual overview of the vital building blocks of each topic and the various outside influences that come together in the study of law. This series enables the reader to place everything within memorable context and is useful in providing an overview of the law. Each text offers a clear understanding of legal study and an engaging introduction to each subject; presenting the study of law as both an academic subject and a force in society. The texts map to undergraduate law degree programmes and are tailored for use harmoniously alongside core law material.
Legal language, or ‘legalese’ as it is sometimes called, is a language that many people find hard to understand. This is because some of the words and phrases that lawyers and other legal experts use do not form part of regular everyday communication. However, when these experts speak and write using unfamiliar language it is often because they have to: ‘ordinary’ language cannot properly or accurately describe the often complex concepts and issues involved.
This dictionary bridges the gap between the world of everyday language and the world of legal language. Users can access over 20 000 legal words, each of which is explained in plain English for the benefit of people without a legal background, as well as legal practitioners, law students and other members of the legal profession.
The dictionary deals with the areas of criminal law, criminal procedural law and law of evidence, and is aimed at familiarising users with the use of legal language in a number of settings, including the courtroom. A bilingual publication, this English–Afrikaans / Afrikaans–English dictionary also contains a useful list of Latin terms and phrases, together with explanatory notes, as a centre insert. Synonyms, homonyms and polysemes are identified and explained, and the dictionary provides guidance on the use of abbreviations and how to cross-reference lemmas (headwords).
The new constitutional order has brought about substantial changes to the application of property remedies in South African law. Property Remedies investigates the ways in which various property remedies have been developed by the courts. The book shows that the transformation of remedial possibilities needs to be informed by different contexts. The book argues that it is important to consider this jurisprudential challenge in developing property remedies that are suited to a new constitutional order based on a single system of law. Property Remedies covers the traditional common-law remedies used to protect property interests, such as the rei vindicatio, the actio negatoria, the mandament van spolie, the possessory action, the actio legis aquiliae, compensation for improvements, the prohibitory interdict and the declaratory order. The book also discusses constitutionally inspired property remedies such as compensation for expropriation, constitutional damages and non-expropriatory compensation for lawful state action. The book offers guidance on how to deal with the tension between preserving the existing common-law remedies, accommodating new statutory interventions and developing the current system of property remedies in line with the Constitution.
"For a revision book I feel it has no weakness - it has everything the students need" Dr Claire McGourlay, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Sheffield Law Express Question and Answer: Evidence is designed to help you get the most out of every answer you write by improving your understanding of what examiners are looking for, helping you to focus in on the question being asked and showing you how even a good answer can be improved.
Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences and law, expertly written by the world's leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas. Litigating disputes in international civil and commercial cases presents a number of special challenges. Which country's courts have jurisdiction, and where is it advantageous to sue? Given the international elements of the case, which country's law will the court apply? Finally, if a successful plaintiff cannot find enough local assets, what does it take to have the judgment recognized and enforced in a country with assets? The Advanced Introduction to Private International Law and Procedure addresses these questions in a concise overview of the field. Key features include: * Comparative overview of legal systems, contrasting Anglo-American common law and the civil law approach of the European Union * Written in a clear and engaging style * Addresses classic choice of law as well as international civil procedure * Problem-oriented presentation * Three parts presenting principal problems parties face in dealing with cases with an international dimension * Considers how the field could develop in the future. Engaging and wide-ranging, this is an excellent introduction for students and academics new to the field and allows practitioners to master the core principles behind private international law quickly.
Class Action Litigation in South Africa is the first book to be published in South Africa dealing with this area of the law. The book collects, describes and interrogates the first-class action judgments in South Africa, aiming to go beyond the existing and ground-breaking Supreme Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court judgments on class actions, and makes practical suggestions regarding the issues that are likely to arise for practitioners, judges and academics as they encounter class actions in South Africa. Class Action Litigation in South Africa seeks to ensure a home-grown understanding of class actions for our country, but also offers the reader first-hand exposure to lessons learnt from international experts in class action litigation. The book thus embraces contributions from around the world that are wide-ranging, straddling the fields of law, economics, social justice and politics. The book presents important and useful insights into class action litigation from local and international experts. The editors and the contributors have all been involved in the leading class action cases in South Africa and abroad.
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