SOUTH Africa's lower courts face the possibility of being totally shutdown from March 18 after magistrates confirmed they would go on strike if their salaries were not adjusted.
The national executive of the Judicial Officers Association of South Africa (Joasa) met at the Chapman Hotel in Port Elizabeth at the weekend, where they resolved to implement a strike first mooted in January.
There are serious implications if magistrates do not sit in court. Inmates who are meant to appear in court will need J7 forms to be signed by magistrates to keep them detained.
If the magistrates are not in court the forms cannot be signed, meaning prisoners might have to be sent home.
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