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The Office of the Family Advocate

The Office of the Family Advocate is a branch of the South African judiciary and in fact assists the courts with all matters relating to minor children and the best interests of such children.

The Family Advocate also assists parents in court proceedings such as in divorce actions or custody applications to reach agreements on disputed issues of care, contact and guardianship related to children.

The Trial Process

Few people have ever appeared in court and those who do usually not more than once or twice. Even fewer of these people ever appear at trial proceedings. Below is an exposition of the process which involves all parties, be they attorneys, advocates, subpoenaed witnesses or the parties themselves.

Appointment Of A Curator

Applications for curatorship are heard by the High Court and the Office of the Master of the High Court is mandated with the supervision and administration of the property of those who may be placed under curatorship.

Who Is The Sheriff Of The Court?

The sheriff is an impartial and independent official of the Court appointed by the Minister of Justice andCorrectional Services in terms of the Sheriffs Act 90 of 1986 and is regulated by the South African Board for Sheriffs who monitors service of Sheriffs and Deputies and ensuring their duties are executed in a just manner.


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