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Author:  Justin Hamers – STBB
12 March 2019

NEW MONETARY THRESHOLD FOR SMALL CLAIMS COURT

Earlier this month, in a notice published in the Government Gazette, it was confirmed that the monetary jurisdiction of Small Claims Courts will be increased to R20 000 from 1 April 2019 onwards.

According to the Justice and Constitutional Development Deputy Minister, John Jeffery, the new threshold is expected to go some way towards addressing a growing tendency for plaintiffs to ‘abandon parts of their claims’ to bring them within the existing R15 000 jurisdiction of the Small Claims Courts.

These forums remain available for civil claims only and where parties represent themselves. Often, parties obtain legal advice in order to assist them to properly present their claims in this Court.

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