Regskliniek / Law Clinic

 Kontak ons / Contact us

 

Crozierstraat 18-24
Stellenbosch
Tel: +27 (0)21 808 3600
Faks:  +27 (0)21  887 6270
E-pos: rhkadmin@sun.ac.za
 
Crozier street 18-24
Stellenbosch
Tel: +27 (0)21 808 3600
Fax: +27 (0)21 887 6270
E-mail: rhkadmin@sun.ac.za 
 Wie ons is / Who we are

Wat ons doen

Die Suid-Afrikaanse regsstelsel kan slegs doeltreffend wees as dit toeganklik is tot en geloofwaardig is in die oë van die gewone mens.

Die Regskliniek, geleë te Crozierstraat 18-24, Stellenbosch, funksioneer as ‘n volwaardige prokureurskantoor, wat gratis regsdienste bied aan behoeftiges, terwyl daar terselfdertyd opleiding verskaf word aan finalejaarstudente en kandidaatprokureurs.

Die prokureurs en kandidaat-prokureurs verskyn in landdroshowe in ‘n wye area in die Boland.  Die Kliniek koester ook ‘n kultuur van burgerlike verantwoordelik deur die aanbieding van werkswinkels oor uitsetting, skuldverligting en gesinsgeweld. Verder voorsien die Regspkliniek ondersteuningsdienste aan die Ceres en Worcester advieskantore. Behoeftiges word van ‘n verskeidenheid regsdienste voorsien soos egskeidings, kontraktuele aangeleenthede, familieregskwessies en skuldverligting.

‘n Hoofspesialisasiegebied van die Regskliniek is plaasuitsettings, tans een van die belangrikste regskwessies in die Boland-platteland. Verblyfsreg van werkers op plase hang hoofsaaklik af van dienskontrakte. Swak werksverhoudings lei dikwels tot ontslag, gevolg deur aansoeke om uitsetting. Uitsettings en gevolglike dakloosheid bedreig die menseregte van plaaswerkers en hul kinders – hul word swerwelinge met min hoop om weer wonings te vind en hul familielewe te hervat.

Die volhoubaarheid van die bogenoemde dienste is afhanklik van befondsers vir wie die bevordering van menseregte deur toegang tot geregtigheid belangrik is.

What we do

The South African legal system can only be effective if it is accessible and credible in the eyes of the ordinary citizen. The Law Clinic is ideally situated to extend access to justice to the poorest of the poor.

The Law Clinic, situated at 18-24 Crozier street, Stellenbosch, operates as a fully-fledged attorneys’ office, delivering free legal services to the indigent, whilst at the same time training final year law students and candidate-attorneys in the practical application of the law.

The attorneys and candidate attorneys appear in magistrate’s courts in a wide area in the Boland. The Clinic also nurtures a culture of civil responsibility holding workshops on evictions, debt relief and family violence. The Clinic also provides back-up legal services to the Ceres and Worcester advice offices. Indigent people are assisted by staff of the law clinic with a wide variety of civil matters like divorce matters, drafting of contracts, family law and debt relief, to name but a few. 

The Law Clinic has a specialized focus on farm evictions,  currently one of the most important legal issues in the Boland region. Right of residence of farm workers on the farms is solely dependent on employment contracts. Bad labour relations often result in dismissals, followed by eviction applications.  Evictions and consequent homelessness are a real threat to the human rights of farm labourers and their children they become outcasts with little hope of finding homes and protecting their family life.

The sustainability of the above mentioned services is highly dependent on the generosity of funders for whom the promoting of human rights values through access to justice are important.

Regskliniek Nuus / Law Clinic News

Legal Aid Clinic relocates

The Legal Aid Clinic, which has served a large number of individuals in the Boland region, will find a new home from 11 December 2017.

As part of its strategic goals, and in association with the Law Faculty at Stellenbosch University (SU), the Legal Aid Clinic will move from 44 Banhoek Road to 18-24 Crozier Street.

The move will ensure that there is a better integration with the university’s Law Faculty and give easier access from public transport to its current and future clients, says Theo Broodryk, Manager of the Legal Aid Clinic and Senior Lecturer at the university’s Law Faculty.

“The move just made more practical sense. Being in Crozier Street, which will be across from the Law Faculty (situated in the Old Main Building on the corner of Victoria and Ryneveld Street) and close to the Stellenbosch Magistrate Court, will help reach more law students who want to get involved at the clinic and help clients in the community in need of legal representation.”

Broodryk believes that the old location of the clinic did not fully help the Law Faculty achieve their social awareness goals.

“With the old location, the clinic was a bit hidden from law students, although it is accessible to the remainder of the University. Now that the clinic will be so close to the law faculty, there is a better opportunity to share resources and help give clients an even better service.”

The Legal Aid Clinic functions as a law firm and forms part of the SU Law Faculty. The Clinic also trains future prospective human rights lawyers by providing practical legal training to final year law students.

“The clinic will be able to give practical training to more law students in future. At the moment we only had about 50 to 60 students a year receiving training or volunteering at the clinic, but with the new location we can increase that to about 200 students by 2019,” says Broodryk.

The Legal Aid Clinic is also planning a relaunch and rebranding, as part of the centenary celebrations of SU next year.

The Legal Aid Clinic will be operational until its move on 11 December 2017 and then re-open its doors to the public from 15 January 2018.

For more information on the Legal Aid Clinic click here.

Author: Corporate Communication/ Korporatiewe Kommunikasie – Rozanne Engel
Published: 27/11/2017

 

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