Plan for 'World Cup courts'

SOUTH African courts will operate for 16 hours a day during the World Cup to avoid clogging up the justice system, the department of justice and constitutional development said yesterday.

SOUTH African courts will operate for 16 hours a day during the World Cup to avoid clogging up the justice system, the department of justice and constitutional development said yesterday.

A Fifa 2010 administration of justice blueprint has been implemented to "avoid burdening our existing court rolls with the Fifa tournament cases", said justice department spokesperson Tlali Tlali.

Each court would be allocated two magistrates, two prosecutors and clerks, with the first team working from 8.30am to 4.30pm and the second one working from 4.30pm to 11.30pm.

In addition, 1140 court officials, 35 para-legals, 93 foreign language interpreters and legal aid lawyers would be deployed to all earmarked courts. - Sapa

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