The next time you see the inside of a court, things could be very different indeed. The judiciary has announced that all houses of law will now be following some strict guidelines, in a bid to prevent the further spread of coronavirus across South Africa
On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa issued a number of directives designed to keep South Africans safe in the face of this unprecedented crisis. One of the measures includes the practice of “social distancing”, which requires people to stay more than a metre away from one another at all times – and it prohibits public gatherings.
Of course, our courts are a hotbed activity, and hearings often attract big groups to small rooms. Tuesday’s meeting of the judiciary has put the brakes on several major processes, and it has changed the way legal proceedings will be operating from now on. The major alterations include:
These changes to ‘outmuscle’ coronavirus will truly will be sweeping:
“There’ll be decontamination of reception and admission areas/community service centres, court rooms, cells and all other objects that are generally touched by persons utilising the facilities including handles and taps. Floor and work surfaces of court rooms, shall be disinfected at least twice a day during working hours.”
“We will have an assignment of officials who will sanitise the hands of professionals, persons in custody, inmates and visitors at all entry/exit points. All officials at reception and operational areas shall be issued with appropriate protective equipment, such as; heavy duty gloves, N95 masks, and protective eye shields.”Judiciary statement