Litigation as a Means to Access Justice

Michal Johnson was invited to speak at the gathering of the Students for Law and Social Justice on 17 April 2013. The topic for the seminar was Access to Justice, with Judge Kathy Satchwell talking on access to justice within the courts, Nonkosi Khumalo from the Treatment Action Campaign and Elijah Kodisang from Khanya College speaking on social justice.

The aim of the seminar was to awaken people to the opportunities that are available to them to access justice and to encourage persons to look at the question of access to justice and what needs to be done in order to realise this right.

Michal addressed the attendees on what litigation entails, the barriers to litigation, the triumphs seen in our pro bono matters and the obstacles that are faced by pro bono practitioners.

The attendees were referred to the numerous successes we have had in the various courts and the manner in which the firm has sought to uphold the right of every person to access to justice.

A large portion of the question and answer session following Judge Satchwell and Michal's presentation was the availability of pro bono legal services nationwide, and the impact of the Legal Practice Bill on the improvement of access to legal representation in rural areas.

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