Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Small Claims Court

The aim of the small claims system is to make justice accessible to those who cannot afford litigation in the ordinary civil courts. The small claims court allows you to institute minor civil claims in a speedy, affordable and simple manner without using an attorney.
  • Any natural person may institute a claim.
  • A person under 18 must be assisted by a parent, or legal guardian.
  • A claim may be instituted against anyone except the State, which includes Municipalities and Local Government.
  • An amount not exceeding R12,000 can be claimed. If your claim exceeds R12,000 in value, you can institute a claim for a lesser amount in order to pursue your case.
  • Representation by an attorney or advocate is not allowed. You may however obtain prior advice from an attorney at your own cost.
  • Legal assistants and clerks of the Small Claims Courts will assist you free of charge.
  • The contact details for the Durban Small Claims Court is:
Tel: 031 302 4111
Fax: 031 332 5006
Postal Address: Private Bag X54308, Durban, 4000
Physical Address: Corner Somtseu and Stanger Street, Durban, 4001

Eileen Beckett
Employee Benefits Dept


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