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[LISTEN] Self-representation in South Africa: Is it a viable option?

7 August 2019 3:28 PM
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Justice
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Azania speaks to professor of criminal law at Wits University Stephen Tuson.

With the exorbitant fees of legal fees in South Africa, is self-representation a viable option?

Azania speaks to professor of criminal law at Wits University Stephen Tuson about the process and why he advises against it.

I think it is very foolish, it is like, would you take out your own appendix or would you get a doctor?

Stephen Tuson, Professor of criminal law - Wits University

The main reason I say this is because of the huge complexities of our law. I wouldn't advise it at all.

Stephen Tuson, Professor of criminal law - Wits University

He says, however, there are cases where it is encouraged.

In practice, people typically only represent themselves in a lower court.

Stephen Tuson, Professor of criminal law - Wits University

If you are a victim of domestic violence and want a protection order, the process is very user friendly and it encourages self help.

Stephen Tuson, Professor of criminal law - Wits University

Click on the link below to hear the full discussion...


This article first appeared on 702 : [LISTEN] Self-representation in South Africa: Is it a viable option?


7 August 2019 3:28 PM
Tags:
Justice
law
self representation

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