Hearing Date Sync FAQ’s

CaseLines (Case Centre – Evidence Management)

Register on CaseLines (Case Centre)?

Go to the OCJ digital case portal 

Click Register

Once you’ve completed all the questions scroll down and select (tag) the boxes for “I have read and agree to be bound by the terms and conditions above” and “I consent to you providing me with business and marketing information.”

Click Register

Login to CaseLines (Case Centre)

Go to the OCJ digital case portal

Click Log on

Enter your username and password (i.e. the details that you’ve used to register on the portal) on the logon screen.

Click in the box before “Remember me next time” to select (tag) the box

Click Log On

View a CaseLines (Case Centre) case?

Once you’ve logged on to the portal, the software opens on your case list screen.  To see the full-screen content, use the arrows on your screen’s right-hand side to scroll up or down.

Please note:

  • The software do not sort the cases in any specific order
  • You can filter the cases by either
    • Limiting the number of cases displayed on a page
    • By hearing date, or by
    • Text information: this can be a portion of the case name or the case number (discard the year).

If you need to see your case list from another page on the OCJ case portal

Click on View Case List to go to the case list page.

TROUBLESHOOT

If you do not see any cases on your case list screen, you must either

  • Create the Case (for new cases)
  • Ask your opponent your correspondent to invite you to the Case (for existing cases)
  • Contact support for assistance

Create a CaseLines (Case Centre) case?

Click on View Case List

click on Create Case

Click on the dropdown arrow  next to Use Template to select the correct court and category template

Under Case Name type the case name and prefix using the following format:

Classification Prefix: Plaintiff Surname, Plaintiff First Names vs Defendant Surname, Defendant First Names + number of others

See: Directive 7.2 of the Amended Gauteng Consolidated Directive dated 18 September 2020

Directive 7.1 of the Amended Gauteng Consolidated Directive dated 18 September 2020

Prefix = case type

Classification = Paragraph 4.1.2 Practice Directive 1 0f 2021

When the Case type/prefix changes, the applicant’s attorney must change the prefix accordingly

See: Directive 7.2 of the Amended Gauteng Consolidated Directive dated 18 September 2020

Prefix = case type

Classification = Paragraph 4.1.2 Practice Directive 1 0f 2021

When the Case type/prefix changes, the applicant’s attorney must change the prefix accordingly

See: Directive 7.2 of the Amended Gauteng Consolidated Directive dated 18 September 2020

Under case reference, type the case number using the following format:

yyyy/number without a leading zero i,e 2021/21 or 2019/15389

See:       Directive 7.1 of the Amended Gauteng Consolidated Directive dated 18 September 2020

Click Get from Template

Click Create

Invite people to a CaseLines (Case Centre) case?

Go to View Case List

Go to the relevant case

Next to the case name, click Update Case

Select the People tab

Click Invite New Participant

Next to person’s email type the email address of the person you want to invite to the case

Select the role from the dropdown list

Scroll down to ensure all the relevant permissions / authorities are selected

Click Invite

Create a CaseLines (Case Centre) section?

Go to View Case List

Scroll down to the relevant case

Click Update Case

Click Sections

Click Create New Section

Type the prescribed section number

Type the prescribed section name

Type the prescribed section level

Click Create

Upload documents to a CaseLines (Case Centre) case?

The easiest and most cost-effective way to upload files /emails to CaseLines (Case Centre) is to use           MSOutlook add-in for CaseLInes (Case Centre)

Watch the YouTube upload email on the automated upload process

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMIpDfF98L0&t=18s

Alternatively, you can follow the manual upload process.  The manual process is slower and more labour intensive.  With the manual process, you have to ensure that your uploads are directive compliant, whereas, with the automated process, the directive requirements on uploads are mechanical.

Select the Sections tab of the case

Go to the relevant section to which the document you intend to upload belongs (consider the purpose of the section and the rules on relevance)

On the Sections screen next to the relevant section, click on Upload Document(s)

Drag and drop the file(s) you wish to upload in the space provided

Click Start Upload

View a document from the Update Case screen on CaseLines (Case Centre)?

Select the Sections tab to view all the documents of the section.

Click View next to the document name to view a single document.

Describe a document on CaseLines Case Centre?

Select the Sections tab

Click Update all documents next to the relevant section

to

  • change the sequence/document order
  • change the document description and add the document upload date
  • change the document date
  • in/exclude the document from view on the Review screen
  • View a copy of the document
  • Move the document to another section
  • Download a pdf copy of the document
  • Remove the document

General rules on CaseLines (Case Centre) document descriptions?

See paragraph 4.3 of the CaseLines (Case Centre) Upload directive

Move a document to a different CaseLines (Case Centre) section?

Go to Sections tab

Next to the relevant Section, click Update all documents

Next to the document that must be moved, click Move

Select the new destination section from the dropdown list

Click Move

Change the CaseLines (Case Centre) document date?

CaseLines by default inserts the date of upload as the document date

Go to the Sections tab

click Update all documents next to the relevant section

type the new document date in the document column next to the document description

Wait for CaseLines to process the update

Exclude a document from view on the CaseLines (Case Centre) iew pane?

Go to the Sections tab

Click Update all documents next to the relevant section

Unselect Included to exclude the document from view

Download a pdf copy of a CaseLines (Case Centre) document?

You can do this from the  Update Case  or the Review pane

From Update Case

Go to the Sections tab

Click Update all documents next to the relevant section

Click pdf next to the document you want to download

From the Review pane

Select the document using the auto-index situated to the absolute left of the Review pane

Click Pdf download document

Change the order or sequence of a CaseLines (Case Centre) document?

Go to the Sections tab

Click Update all documents

Type the new document number under Document Number

Wait for the software to process the change

Download a copy of the CaseLines (Case Centre) bundle?

You can download a pdf copy of the index and bundle from the Update case pane or from the Review pane.

From the Update case pane

Go to the Bundles tab

Click Refresh all bundles

Click Download

Click Download complete bundle to download the entire case file

Click Download bundle index to download a pdf copy of the index

The pdf copy of the bundle will include a copy of the index and will display the content of the index on the right-hand side of the screen:  bookmarked and hyperlinked to the individual documents.

How do I know what the judge or my counsel see on CaseLines (Case Centre)?

The judge or your counsel must have permission to view all the documents to see the documents on the CaseLines review pane.

Click Review to view the documents and Hearing-specific bundles.

From the View Case List pane

Click Review Evidence

Present on CaseLines (Case Centre)?

From the Review pane

Click Present

Click Start Presentation

Click Stop Presentation when you are done

Follow the presenter on an CaseLines (Case Centre) case?

From the Review pane

Click Present

Click Follow presenter

Add a note to a CaseLines (Case Centre) case?

Go to Review

Click Add a case note

Type the note in the space provided

Select private (for a note that only you will see), share group (for a note that all the people in your share group will see) and widely shared note (for a note that all the people that has access to the case will see.

Click Save

Add hyperlinks to a CaseLines (Case Centre) document bundle?

Go to Sections

Click View Documents next to the relevant section description

Click View next to the relevant document that must contain the hyperlinking

Click Hyperlink

Use the page counter to navigate to the relevant page of the document

Click next to the place in the document where the hyperlink must appear

Click OK to the question add a hyperlink to this page

Verify Document page is tagged

Add a hyperlink Description that corresponds with the description in the document.  (For example, Annexure A Certified copy of the marriage certificate)

Under section Please Choose, select the section and relevant document (For example, under section Evidence Affidavits  select document Annexure A Certified copy of the marriage certificate)

Click Save

 

Go to Bundles

Click Settings

Scroll down to hyperlink format

Select Hyperlink display format Full

Select Hyperlink page number format Section, Tab, and Page

Click Save & Refresh Bundle

Go to Bundles

Verify the timing is recent to update all changes; otherwise, click Refresh All Bundles again

View and navigate CaseLines (Case Centre) hyperlinks on the Review pane?

Go to the Review pane

Click Change[1]

Click the dropdown list

Select the Hearing-specific bundle

Activate the dual-panes button  [2] .

Activating the dual-pane button will divide the screen into four panes.

Absolute left Middle left Middle right Absolute right
INDEX DOCUMENT DOCUMENT NOTES

Always click on a hyperlink on the document situated on the middle left pane; otherwise, the reader will lose its place on the original document, and the screen will jump to the referenced document location.)

The referenced document will appear on the middle right pane (the index will also highlight the reference document’s location but under a different color).

Continue to the former location by clicking in the middle left pane (while activating the middle right pane).

[1] Sitiated at the top left of the Review pane, between the case name and the index..

[2] Situated in the top middle of the screen

Add a document to a CaseLines (Case Centre) hearing bundle without changing the existing pane numbering?

Go to Sections

Next to the relevant Section, click Update all documents

Change the document number to the number of the document immediately above the destination position

Next to the document date, select Inserted

The document’s page number will then display as, for example, A4a.

If a Litigant selects Tabbed in the checkbox above, CaseLines (Case Centre) will insert a blank page before the document marked as tabbed.  This is useful when printing a copy of the bundle.

Create a CaseLines (Case Centre) Hearing-specific bundle?

Go to Bundles

Click Create New Bundle

Under Index, type a bundle number using the format 02, 03, 04 etc.

Under name, type the hearing date followed by the nature of the hearing using the format yyyy/mm/dd/nature of hearing

Click Save

 

Click Sections to add/remove sections and documents from Bundle 01 Master bundle to the Hearing-Specific bundle

 

A list of all the sections under Bundle 01 Master bundle will display.

Click Add to include a section in the Hearing-specific bundle

Click Allow document upload and delete

Click Include documents by default

Click Document

Click Edit next to the document description

Click Excluded to exclude the documents that are not relevant to the specific hearing

Click Update to change the bundle number or description

Click Refresh to repaginate the bundle

Click Download to download the bundle

Click Settings to change the paginations settings of the bundle

Refresh a CaseLines (Case Centre) bundle?

Go to Bundles

Click Save & Refresh Bundle

Go to Bundles

Verify the timing is recent to update all changes; otherwise, click Refresh All Bundles again

Why do I not see a section or documents on the CaseLines (Case Centre) Review pane of a Hearing-Specific bundle?

A section will not display on the Review page if

  • there are no documents uploaded to it;
  • the Litigant excluded the document from view; or
  • the Litigant did not mark the documents for inclusion in the Hearing-specific bundle.

How do I access a CaseLines Hearing-specific bundle?

Go to Review

Click Change[1]

Select the Hearing-specific bundle from the dropdown list

[1] Situated at the top left of the Review pane, between the case name and the index.

Where can I see who uploaded a document to CaseLines?

Under Case Update

Go to the Audit tab

The Record of User Activity records whenever someone is invited, removed or has their access to a case changed.

The Record of Document Activity records when a document is added, removed or has its properties updated.

How do I match the hearing dates tasks to the correct case category?

This often happens when the case category changes after the allocation of a hearing date.  You will also encounter this problem when first a trial date was allocated and then an interlocutory hearing date.

To ensure the tasks matches the hearing date category

Open the case hearing date on your calendar

Click Category override on the outlook ribbon.

Select the relevant category that matches the hearing category.

Click Apply.

Support

How do I prefix my CaseLines case?

Go to your case on CaseLines

Click Update Case

Click Case Home

Under Change case details, add the case prefix at the front of the case name

CaseLines Court Assist Installation guide

Click COURT ASSIST

Click on SETTINGS  .

Type your CaseLines password and click LOGON

Under Hearing Date Settings, untag Sync Manually and set the sync duration

Click APPLY

Click SYNC NOW  to start a sync between CaseLines and Outlook .

You can then create outlook Categories for your hearing dates.  To do this go to the CaseLines Sync ribbon

Click Settings

Under Other Options, select Create outlook categories for hearing dates

Click Yes

How do I create task for a provisional hearing date application on CaseLines?

APPLY FOR A PROVISIONAL HEARING DATE / DEFAULT (RULE 31(5))

(use this function if you want to know what tasks you must complete to apply for a provisional hearing date.  You can also use this for default judgment applications to the Registrar)

In your OUTLOOK CALENDAR Home page,

click NEW APPOINTMENT

Click NEW APPLICATION

Select the case from the dropdown list or search for the case under  Search Cases:

Click APPLY

Click SAVE/CLOSE

Click COURT ASSIST

Click ADVANCED SYNC CYCLE

Click Yes

Once the sync is complete, the application will appear on your calendar.

Double click the application to view the associated tasks.

How do I update my Court Assist software?

Click COURT ASSIST

Click UPDATE NOW

Follow the screen prompts to update.

What is the prescribed CaseLines date application form?

Click here for a copy of the prescribed date application form for use in Gauteng Division, Pretoria.

Click here for a copy of the prescribed date application form for use in Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg with effect from 1 January 2022.

What is a CaseLines Directive compliance declaration or affidavit?

In terms paragraph 6 of the Revised 18 September 2020 Consolidated Directive dated 11 June 2021:

6. Prior to the enrolment of any matter or the allocation of a hearing date, the litigating party or its representative is to upload a Directive Compliance declaration OR certificate. The declaration or certificate must state “I, (name of attorney) hereby certify that I am in compliance with this Consolidated Directive in that I have done the following:…” and must set out exactly what (and how) the attorney complied with; including to confirm that no duplicate file for the matter exists on CaseLines and that all the Parties/their representatives have been invited to the matter on CaseLines. The names of all Parties/their representatives and their telephone numbers and email addresses should reflect on the declaration. Where no statement/declaration is filed, the Registrar cannot allocate a hearing date.

Click here for a draft affidavit

Where can I find a copy of the CaseLines Default Judgment Checklist for the Gauteng Division?

Click here to download a word copy of the prescribed default judgment checklist for the Gauteng Division of the High Court.

List of prefix examples

In terms of paragraph 7.3 of the Revised Consolidated directive 18 September 2021 the Applicant’s legal representative must enter a prefix for the case type before

the case name.

When the case or application type changes, the prefix must be

amended accordingly.

Where applicable, the classification in terms of revised

Practice Directive 1 of 2021 should be included in the prefix.Practice Directive 1 of 2021 should be included in the prefix.

7.3.1 Examples of proper prefixing of cases:

Unopposed Motion (Rule 43 Application) Venter S vs Venter E

Unopposed Motion (Summary Judgment) Killian L vs Pillay R

Unopposed Motion (Rule 31(2)) Body Corporate of Hunt Estates vs Fisher A

Unopposed Motion (Interlocutory Application) Venter S vs Venter E

Unopposed Motion (Divorce Application) Venter S vs Venter E

Unopposed Motion (Rule Nisi) XYZ Cc vs ABC Pty Ltd

Opposed Motion (Eviction Application) City of Ekurhuleni vs City of

Johannesburg

Opposed Motion (Rule 43 Application) Mdluli P vs Mdluli G

Opposed Motion (Interlocutory Application) Essex L vs Esquires Sport Pty

(Ltd)

JCMC (F category) Van Lill R vs Van Lill F

JCMC (Y category) Kunene X vs MEC of Health, Gauteng

JCMC (C category) Filter Coffee South Africa vs Krispy Kreme

Civil Trial (Y category) Dlamini M vs PRASA

Civil Trial (D category) Tsamai S vs Nkosi D

Civil Trial (F category) Rosenberg Z vs Rossenberg J

Civil Trial (C category) Filter Coffee South Africa vs Starbucks

Civil Trial (P category) Essa K vs Minister of Home Affairs

Trial Interlocutory (Compel compliance) Zakatha T vs RAF

Settlements Court (Y category) Pillay V vs RAF

Default Judgment (Rule 31(5)) SA Taxi vs Burger J

*This list is not exhaustive

Licencing

How do I renew my license key?

In Outlook, under the Court Assist ribbon

go to SETTINGS

then click RENEW LICENSE KEY

complete the online application form

press SUBMIT to generate the invoice.

Make payment to the banking details indicated on the invoice.

Please then email your proof of payment to support@dataprune.co.za.

We will renew your license key as soon as your payment reflects in our bank account.  Please note it may take up to three business days for your payment to reflect on our account.

Please set up recurring payments on your bank account for an annual subscription paid monthly.  We do not collect automated payments from your account to keep the costs as low as possible and for your privacy.

Subscription plans

You can select either an annual subscription, paid annually or a annual subscription paid monthly.

What is the notice period to terminate my subscription?

We require one calendar month notice.  Depending on your subscription, we charge a cancellation fee for a remainder of the term.

Technical support

I did not get my free Court Assist download?

Please check your junk or spam folder for the installation link.

What must I select to "Keep file"?

If you receive a message that reads “Keep File? Even if you have downloaded from this site before, the site may be temporarily unsafe (hacked).  Try downloaded this file later, the anti-virus software on your computer may be interfering with the download.

Click Keep anyway to continue with the download.

How to add the to-do-task bar to the Outlook Calendar

Open the Calendar in Outlook

Click View

Click To do Bar

Select Tasks

How to add the to-do-task bar to your Outlook emails

Open Outlook

On the emails screen

Click View

Click To do Bar

Select Tasks

How to create Outlook categories for enrolment and hearing dates?

Go to Outlook

On the Court Assist ribbon select Settings

At Other Options, select Create outlook categories for hearing dates

Select Yes

Troubleshoot

Why does my CaseLines hearing date not have Outlook Calendar tasks associated with it?

To create the Tasks, the case details must meet following requirements: 

  1.  The Courthouse field in CaseLines must be filled in. Please take care to spell the Courthouse name correct e.g. Pretoria High Court or Johannesburg High Court.
  2.  The Case Name field in CaseLines must be formatted as shown below: 

Note: Leave a space between the Category and the sub-category. The sub-category must be surrounded by open and close brackets. 

Category  (Sub-Category) Case Name for example

  • Unopposed Motion  (Divorce Application) BAT MAN / BAT WOMAN 
  • Civil Trial (C category) ABC STORES CC VS DUCK PONDS CC AND 3 OTHERS 
  • Trial Interlocutory (Compel compliance) UNIVERSAL STUDIOS COMPANY LIMITED / CAPTAIN MARVEL 
  • UNOPPOSED RULE 31(2): STANDARD BANK VS CLEMENT SHOES CC 
  • UNOPPOSED DEFAULT JUDGEMENT: STANDARD BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA LTD VS THE AVENGERS 
  • Unopposed Motion (Declarator) HISSOCKS NOSHOES vs HERSOCKS NOSHOES 
  • Unopposed Motion (Divorce Application) BAT MAN / BAT WOMAN 
  • Unopposed Motion (Other) Albert Reeves vs The Protector of Gotham City and 1 Other 

Further see the list of prefix examples below

Click Unallocated Tasks on the Ribbon to identify Cases where no tasks have been created. Each Hearing Date has a direct link to the case on CaseLines for you to review. 

 

Why does my CaseLines default judgment hearing date not have any Outlook Calendar tasks associated with it?

To create the Tasks, the case details must meet following requirements: 

  1.  The Courthouse field in CaseLines must be filled in. Please take care to spell the Courthouse name correct e.g. Pretoria High Court or Johannesburg High Court.
  2. The case prefix must NOT reference Rule 31(5).  A rule 31(5) is an application to the registrar that does not have a hearing date associated with it.  If the Registrar refers the application to open court, the case prefix should change to either one of the following examples
  • UNOPPOSED MOTION (DEFAULT JUDGEMENT APPLICATION)
  • UNOPPOSED RULE 31(2): STANDARD BANK VS CLEMENT SHOES CC 
  • UNOPPOSED DEFAULT JUDGEMENT: STANDARD BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA LTD VS THE AVENGERS 

Note: Leave a space between the Category and the sub-category. The sub-category must be surrounded by open and close brackets. 

How do I manage multiple hearing dates with different case categories associated with each hearing date on the same matter?

When the Registrar adds a hearing date to Caselines, Hearing Date sync uses that case prefix to determine the case category. For example, when you’ve applied for a trial date, the software uses the prefix “civil trial (d category) to add tasks and reminders to your outlook calendar.

If you, for example, further apply for a date on the Interlocutory trial roll, you must change the case prefix to “trial interlocutory (compel compliance)”. Once the second hearing date is allocated, the software will change the tasks and reminders of your first hearing date to those associated with the category of your second hearing date.

To keep the original tasks and reminders to those associated with the first hearing date category, you must override the second Caselines case category. To do this

Open the hearing date in your calendar

Click Category override on the Outlook ribbon

Select the case category associated with the allocated hearing date from the dropdown list

Click apply.

Hearing date sync will then update the tasks and reminders to those associated with the category that you’ve selected.

NS: the software will alert you of a case category change via email.

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