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Reserved judgments annoy Mogoeng

Mogoeng said these judgments were a recurring problem in the North & South Gauteng High Court.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on Wednesday expressed concern about reserved judgments on the second day of Judicial Services Commission (JSC) hearings.

He and members of the JSC are interviewing candidates to fill vacant posts at the country's high courts.

The JSC has already recommended to the president the names of two people to fill posts in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Mogoeng said reserved judgments were a recurring problem, particularly in the North and South Gauteng High Court.

He was hoping candidates would have applied their minds to how they planned to address the high number of outstanding judgments at the high courts in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The Constitutional Court judge recalled a case where a litigant died while judgment was still reserved, six years after the case was heard.

During the interviews, one candidate complained of heavy workloads, saying that did not allow them enough time to finalise complex matters.

Candidates said the problem was exacerbated by the high number of civil cases on the roll, notably Road Accident Fund matters, which should be settled out of court.