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1CONSTITUTIONAL LAW2NDSEMESTER 2014JUDICIAL AUTHORITY1W HolnessJuly 2014Important Note:These notes are unedited and are intended for the exclusive use of students preparing for theNovember 2014 Constitutional law exam. They must not be distributed to any other personsand cannot be used for any other purpose save the one indicated above. Unauthorised use ofthese notes constitutes a breach of intellectual property laws.Contents1 Attributes of Judicial Authority................................................................................................................32 The judiciary in historical context.............................................................................................................63 The role of the judiciary under the 1996 Constitution.................................................................................74 Judicial Review / Judicial Restraint / Separation of powers / Counter-Majoritarianism..................................85 The Courts (incl. Jurisdiction)................................................................................................................115.1 Judiciary in comparative perspective..........................................................................................115.2 Structure of the judicial system in South Africa...........................................................................135.3 Jurisdiction of the Courts.............................................................................................................14The jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court....................................................................................15Constitutional matters....................................................................................................................16The jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Appeal...........................................................................26The jurisdiction of the High Court of SA.........................................................................................26The jurisdiction of the Magistrates’ Courts and any other court established in terms of an Act ofParliament......................................................................................................................................276 Independence of the judiciary.................................................................................................................286.1 The meaning of judicial independence........................................................................................286.2 Functional independence............................................................................................................326.3 Personal independence...............................................................................................................346.4 The Judicial Service Commission...............................................................................................386.5. Appointment of judges................................................................................................................426.6. The removal of judges................................................................................................................456.7. Methods to ensure independence..............................................................................................496.8. Control over judicial bodies........................................................................................................501These notes are a combination of notes written by Mrs M Couzens, Ms L Stone and Ms W Holness.
2Compulsory Cases for this section:(Other cases that are not compulsory but recommended reading are listed in the amended reading listfor the module).1.Glenister v President of the Republic of South Africa and Others2009 (1) SA 287 (CC)(Glenister I)2.Glenister v President of the RSA2011 (3) SA 347 (CC) (Glenister II)3.Justice Alliance of South Africa v President of the Republic of South Africa and Others2011 (5)SA 388 (CC)4.Democratic Alliance v President of the Republic of South Africa and Others2012 (1) SA 248(CC)5.Van Rooyenand Others v The State and Others (General Council of the Bar of South AfricaIntervening)2002 (5) SA 246 (CC)6.NDPP v Zuma2009 (2) SA 277 (SCA)7.Freedom Under Law v the Acting Chairperson: Judicial Service Commission, and Others2011(3) SA 549 (SCA)8.Helen Suzman Foundation v Judicial Services Commission and OthersCase no. (8647/2013)[2014] ZAWCHC 136 (5 September 2014).Textbooks:De Vos et al (2014)South African Constitutional Law in ContextOxford Southern Africa201-256Rautenbach IM & Malherbe EFJ (2009)Constitutional LawFifth edition: Lexis Nexis 233-257Devenish GE (2005)The South African ConstitutionButterworths chapter 8Currie I & de Waal J (2001)The New Constitutional and Administrative LawVol 1 Jutachapter 6Optional readings:Davis, DM ‘Therelationship between courts and the other arms of government in promotingand protecting socio-economic rights in South Africa: what about separation of powers?’ 15PER5-14Davis, DM ‘Transformation and the Democratic Case for Judicial Review: The SouthAfricanExperience’ Volume 5, Issue 1

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