Gauteng Division

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trials

Practice Directive 18 September 2020 (Consolidated) applies to the setting down of applications.  It is a two-tiered process:  upon application, the Registrar allocates a provisional date, whereafter, the practitioner must upload a final notice of set down to secure the date.

The Registrar may enroll a maximum of 60 (sixty) matters per day and each law firm is limited to 5 (five) matters per day.

The Gauteng Division deals with opposed and unopposed Rule 43 applications on the same basis as unopposed motions, on the Rule 43 Court roll.  Paragraph 3 of Practice Directive 2 of 2020 applies.

To provisionally enroll a trial matter in the Gauteng Division is a two tiered process.  The first set is to obtain a certificate of trial readiness.  Thereafter a party may apply for a provisional hearing date.  Click on the relevant icons below to commence and finalize your application process. 

You must distinguish between Category Y matters and all other matters when you bring your application. It is your responsibility to ensure that you use the correct application form at the right stage in the process.

taxation

The above procedures allows a practitioner to apply for a provisional hearing date.  To secure and/or retain the date, a practitioner should follow the final enrolment process.

caselines

The Registrar must tax bills of costs for litigious matters.  Once the practitioner notified the other party of its intention to tax a bill of costs, the practitioner can apply for a taxation date.

Since 18 September 2020, attorneys can create the case on CaseLines themselves. 

We’ve automated the process for you – all you need to do to create a new matter, is click on the link below. We also keep track of the directive changes for you so that your application process is always up to date.

As with Unopposed Motions, Practice Directive 18 September 2020 (Consolidated) applies.  The practitioner must first apply for a provisional date, whereafter, the practitioner must secure the date with a final notice of set down.

The Registrar may enroll a maximum of 50 (fifty) matters per day, together with 10 (ten) opposed summary judgment applications.   Again, each law firm is limited to 5 (five) cases per day.

The Judge hearing the matter will inform the practitioners that he/she is seized with the hearing of the dispute and determine the procedure that the parties should follow.

The Gauteng division expedites the hearing of interlocutory disputes.

The directive allows practitioners to enroll these disputes on either the unopposed motion roll (Pretoria) or the Trial Interlocutory Court Roll (Johannesburg).

A matter that is settled before the hearing, or on the date of the hearing, will be removed from the trial roll.

The practitioner must set such a matter down on the Trial Settlement Roll to record the settlement as an order of court

In general

Currently, Practice Directive 18 September 2020 (Consolidated) applies to the enrolment and court procedures at the Gauteng Division of the High Court.  The directive amends the Practice Manuals and various other orders of the Judge President.  In some instances, the directive will only apply for the duration of the State of Emergency. In other cases, like Divorce matters, the directive survives the term of the State of Emergency.

You can obtain a copy of the Practice Directive 18 September 2020 (Consolidated) here.