Judge Davis: Cut legal appeals steps

Competition Appeal Court Judge President Dennis Davis says South Africa has far too many levels of appeal.

Supreme Court of Appeal judges bench. Picture: Supplied by the court.

CAPE TOWN - Competitions Appeal Court Judge President Dennis Davis on Wednesday told parliamentarians South Africa has far too many levels of appeal.

He said this is both expensive and discourages foreign investment.

Davis argued for the exclusion of appeals to the Supreme Court of Appeal on competition and labour matters.

The Justice and Constitutional Development Portfolio Committee deliberated on constitutional amendments that may cut out the Supreme Court of Appeal in certain labour and competition matters.

Judge Davis told members of Parliament (MPs) that litigants should not be expected to jump through three or four hoops to have access to justice.

He said if you want to subvert a merger, for example, you can run it forever with interminable litigation.

Davis hopes MPs will support the amendments in view of the costs of numerous appeals and the delays in finalising cases.