Consequent to the announcements of 23 March 2020, the following directives have been issued:
In Cape Town
- Only urgent matters or applications including matter relating to COVID-19, bail hearings, urgent maintenance, domestic violence-related matters and those involving children, will be heard.
- Issuing of civil summons and applications is to be suspended.
- No trials are to take place during the lockdown period including on the day of 17 April 2020.
- All trials set down during the lockdown period will be re-enrolled after this period.
- No warrants of execution will be issued during the lockdown period.
- Finally, the high court building will not be accessible during the lockdown period, except for the relevant duty judges and their staff.
- Urgent applications will be held via teleconferencing/video conferencing, papers will be uploaded electronically via a pilot program initiated in the Johannesburg high court.
- If parties believe a matter is urgent, the counsel or the attorney who is to appear must sign a certificate to that effect.
- If a matter is enrolled and it is found that the matter is not urgent, there will be a punitive costs order made and the attorney or counsel who brought the urgent application will be prevented from recovering any fees in that matter.
- Again, no access is allowed to the high court building in Johannesburg.
- Eviction applications to declare properties executable will be suspended until after the lockdown period.