11 February 2005
How much will my legal matter cost?

How much will my legal matter cost?


I will take a break from the criminal court to discuss with you some aspects of costs. When you need legal advice the first thought that comes to mind...
04 February 2005
Jury selection or de-selection?

Jury selection or de-selection?


This week you have heard quite a lot about the jury selection for the Michael Jackson case and I thought you would like to have a few insights into th...
28 January 2005
Comments on criminal offences

Comments on criminal offences


In a previous article mention was made of the major criminal offences. These include the less serious summary conviction offences that are dealt with ...
21 January 2005
Retrials in the High Court

Retrials in the High Court


A retrial takes place when a case in the High Court ends in a mistrial, for example, where there is a “hung jury”; that is, the jury is unab...
14 January 2005
The panel of jurors

The panel of jurors


The jurors would have to spend a long time in courts if the case is a complex one. They must listen attentively and observe the demeanour of the witne...
07 January 2005
Serving as a juror

Serving as a juror


You have met the requirements to be a juror. Your name was given by persons in your community or was taken from the electoral list. The list of juror...
23 December 2004
The jury must ‘faithfully try the several issues…’

The jury must ‘faithfully try the several issues…’


Last week we looked at what goes on in court and we ended with the judge’s summation (summary). The judge has a duty to sum up the facts in the ...
17 December 2004
‘A promise to tell the whole

‘A promise to tell the whole


Last week we visited the criminal court to understand what happens inside. When someone commits a crime, for example wounding or rape, the crime is ag...
10 December 2004
A visit to the High Court

A visit to the High Court


The criminal assizes are held three times a year, starting on the first Tuesday in February, June and October and ending two to three months thereafte...
03 December 2004
Who is a solicitor? Who is a barrister?

Who is a solicitor? Who is a barrister?


Many persons have asked me the above questions and I will devote this article to answering those questions. Persons trained in law and enrolled in th...