Media statement by Mr J Jeffery, MP, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development
It is with pleasure and appreciation to announce that Mr O M Krieling has volunteered his services and has been appointed as a Commissioner for the Small Claims Court for the area of Kimberley in the Northern Cape.
We are particularly pleased that Mr Krieling is the first Chief Magistrate to have made himself available to be appointed as a Commissioner for Small Claims Court. Mr Krieling was a Magistrate from 1993 to 2005 and a Senior Magistrate from 2005 to 2010. He was appointed as a Chief Magistrate during 2010.
Small Claims Courts deal with certain civil matters of up to R12 000.00. Members of the public present their cases to a Commissioner, who are appointed by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development to preside over small claims matters.
Commissioners are drawn from a pool of professional persons, mandated in the legislation, with experience of civil matters, such as attorneys or advocates who perform this laudable community service free of charge.
Members of the public can access the Small Claims Courts without any financial burden except for the sheriff’s fee(s) for the service of any court process that may be required. Only natural persons may institute an action as a plaintiff in the Small Claims Courts. Legal representatives are not allowed in Small Claims Courts. You can read more about Small Claims Courts on the departmental website at www.justice.gov.za, (under the civil section).
The Kimberley Small Claims Court sits at the Kimberley Magistrate’s Office, c/o Knight and Stead Streets, Kimberley. Cases can be registered with the Small Claims Court’s Clerk at this Magistrate’s Office. Ms C Melamane, the Office Manager at Kimberley, can be contacted for further details, if required, at tel (053) 839 9100.
Office of the Deputy Minister
Tel: (012) 315 1418 / 315 1025
18 December 2013