Welcome to eJudgements’ SA Online Law Reports
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Dante’s Inferno had nine Circles of Hell. Eskom only has eight stages of loadshedding. Appropriately, Dante’s 9th Circle is a sea of ice. After Eskom has finished with stage 8 there will be no more fires. Dante clearly understood what was to come in the future: The Second Circle of Hell (stage 2) is Lust, the Fourth Circle (stage 4) is Greed, and the Sixth Circle (stage 6) is Heresy. While we have never reached stage 8, Dante’s Eighth Circle is Fraud. Something to think about.
During loadshedding our database is not affected, as it is hosted on several servers around the world, so as long as you can connect to the internet, we can connect to you.
Who Are We?
eJudgements is an independent publisher of South African Online Law Reports. We publish judgements of the South African Superior Courts.
Many of the South African Courts already make their judgements available online. We add value not by making South African judgements available on the internet but by the powerful indexing and search features.
With the development of the digital age, the traditional law reporting model has not adapted. Previously the Law Reports produced by the commercial publishers held a monopoly on what was accessible to the legal profession (and anyone who wanted access to South African judgements). It was simply not possible to access judgements other than obtaining them directly from the registrars of the different Courts. That changed with many of the Courts having their own websites (for example, the Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Appeal, and the Labour Court). Saflii has advanced access to the law immeasurably.
But the benefit of the digital age is also its downfall. There is just too much information to be able to sift through quickly and easily to find the definitive answer. A library, without an indexing system, is just a pile of books. So too, the internet.
Making sense of a mass of information
That is what eJudgements seeks to address: Making sense of a mass of information.
A Google search including Saflii, or any of the other sites, will produce results, but they still need to be sifted and if the search criteria are not exact, they will miss what could be a crucial case.
We don’t have all the judgements, but then a comparison between Juta, Lexis and Saflii will show that there is no publisher or website in South Africa which does have access to all the judgements.
eJudgements covers judgements from all the Superior Courts in South Africa.
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See for yourself what we can do:
eJudgements’ South African Online Law Reports doesn’t only use the extremely powerful Sharepoint search functionality, but we are tagging cases to enable searches to be refined. Examples of refinements are subject matter, Court, even counsel who appeared in the case.
eJudgements’ South African Online Law Reports is cloud-based, so you are not tied to your desk. As long as you have an internet connection, you have access.