Chief Justice admits court backlogs

Mogoeng Mogoeng has expressed concern at the massive backlog of court rolls nationwide.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on Wednesday admitted too much time is being wasted on finalising court cases.

Mogoeng expressed concern at the massive backlog of court rolls nationwide.

He addressed the issue at the launch of what's called the Provincial Efficiency Enhancement Committee (PEEC) in the Western Cape High Court, which aims to, among other things, expedite cases and clear backlogs.

Mogoeng said the problem must be tackled to ensure the justice system runs more efficiently.

"You also need to improve the performance of your prosecutors. Performance has somewhat declined and that contributes to the ability of every role player in the court system to help us process cases speedily."

He said similar committees have been set up in other provinces.

"There is a lot of time wasted from the time the matter is filed to the time the matter is finalised."