Justin graduated from Stellenbosch University with a BCom Law in 2009 and an LLB in 2011. His specialisations include Commercial Litigation; Alternate Dispute Resolution; Construction Disputes; Property Related Litigation; Collections. Magistrates’ Court, High Court and Appeal Court Litigation. Property related litigation, including title deed restriction disputes, sale and lease related disputes, alternate dispute resolution (Consumer Protection Act and Rental Housing Act), evictions. Collections, including banking law and bridging finance. Commercial litigation, including National Credit Act, Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act, Customs and Excise Act, insolvency and contractual disputes. Construction disputes, including litigating on behalf of contractors and employers arising out of the JBCC Building Agreements and bespoke construction law agreements. Justin has published various articles and both published on LexisNexis Property Law Digest: Rouwkoop – a common misconception, LexisNexis Property Law Digest Vol 22 Part 1 March 2018 and The effect on the CPA on cancelling a residential lease, LexisNexis Property Law Digest Vol 22 Part 2 June 2018.

Thought of the Week | 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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