Constitutional justice project: assessment of the impact of decisions of the constitutional court and the supreme court of appeal on the transformation of society: final report

OUTPUT TYPE: Research report- client
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2015
TITLE AUTHOR(S): N.Bohler-Muller, O.Mireku, M.H.Kanyane, G.Pienaar, V.Barolsky, K.Moyo, H.Nengwekhulu, T.Morison, N.Pophiwa, J.Viljoen, M.Wentzel, J.Dipholo, N.Majozi, B.Roberts, J.Struwig, M.Ngungu, S.Gordon, G.Hagg, K.Govender
KEYWORDS: CONSTITUTIONAL COURT, DECISION-MAKING, SUPREME COURT, TRANSFORMATION
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD), Human and Social Development (HSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 8835

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Abstract

The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 provides both the framework and foundation for the transformation of law, state and society within an African and global context. Government has initiated the transformation of the justice system, including the establishment of the Office of the Chief Justice, to further enhance the independence of the Judiciary and give further effect to the separation of powers doctrine in the Constitution. In this project an in-depth legal analysis of the jurisprudence of the apex courts was complemented with a strong empirical component that sought to investigate the broader impact of these court decisions on South African society, as well as the extent to which South Africa's highest courts are accessible.