The South African Courts, both High Courts and Magistrate’s Courts will have limited operations during the South African Lockdown period. This means that civil cases will be rescheduled for after the lockdown period.

Courts will effectively be closed except for certain matters including urgent matters, matters in which children are affected or domestic violence cases.
If you have a matter in which a right is unreasonably being infringed or you are at risk of suffering injury or damages, an interdict may still be sought.

The urgency of the civil matter will be assessed by the magistrate or judge and if the matter is not urgent or has no valid reason of urgency, the party claiming the urgency will be liable for punitive costs.

Should you wish to consult with a legal practitioner on any matter (during the lock-down) you are welcome to contact us Marto Lafitte and Associates on 011 616 6420 or send an email to We are also available on WhatsApp video calls, Skype for a live consultation. Contact our telephone line for an appointment to be assisted via video consultation.