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    High Court Litigation - FAQ

    Although the High Court has authority over all legal matters, it generally deals with matters where the cost of the suit is R400 000-00 and above, as well as serious criminal cases. The High Court also deals with appeals and reviews from magistrates and lower courts.

    Yes, however, it is always recommended that you acquire legal representation as they have the knowledge and the skill to assist in pleading your case.

    The Supreme Court of Appeal, dealing with matters referred by the High Court. The Supreme Court, holding a panel of three to five judges, is the only court (except Constitutional Court) that can change a ruling made by themselves.

    The High Court has a tariff (fee structure) for the different cases or matters they deal with. Your attorney will be able to give you an estimate of the costs which you may expect to outlay.

    An appeal must be made before the High Court within 90 days of judgment being served.

    Attorneys and advocates both qualify for post graduate degrees (be it LLB, BA Law LLB or BCom Law LLB). attorneys then complete a 2 year program with a law firm, whilst advocates complete a one-year pupillage with an admitted advocate.

    Attorneys generally consult with clients who instruct them as to the legal representation they require and advocates generally take their instructions from attorneys who refer matters to them.

    Both attorneys and advocates draft documents and represent clients in court.

    The term “lawyer” is reserved for both advocates and attorneys.