how to cite cases in south africa


When citing cases in South Africa, it is important to include the case name, court, and date. For example:

In the case of National Director of Public Prosecutions v. Zuma, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) found that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had the power to prosecute the president of South Africa.

When writing about a case, it is also important to provide the full citation so that readers can find the case themselves. The full citation for the above example would be:

National Director of Public Prosecutions v. Zuma, [2012] ZASCA 12 (11 May 2012).

When citing cases in South Africa, the basic format is as follows:

CASE NAME (YEAR)

JURISDICTION

REPORTER

VOLUME

REPORTERS’ ABBREVIATION

PAGE NUMBER

For example:

Tugendhat and Christie European Law (2nd edn) (2013)

South Africa

CC

52

SA

23

This would be read as follows: Tugendhat and Christie, European Law (2nd edn), South Africa, CC, 52, SA, 23.

The elements of the citation are as follows:

CASE NAME – The full name of the case, as it appears in the reported judgment. If the case has more than one reported judgment, then the citation should include the names of all the judges who heard the case (e.g. Tugendhat and Christie, European Law (2nd edn), South Africa, CC, 52, SA, 23).

YEAR – The year in which the judgment was handed down.

JURISDICTION – The court in which the case was heard.

REPORTER – The official name of the series in which the case is reported. In South Africa, the official reporters are the South African Law Reports (abbreviated to ‘SALR’) and the South African Criminal Law Reports (abbreviated to ‘SACLR’).

VOLUME – The volume number of the reporter in which the case is reported.

REPORTERS’ ABBREVIATION – The abbreviation used by the reporter to refer to the case. In the example above, ‘SA’ is the abbreviation used by the South African Law Reports to refer to the case of Tugendhat and Christie.

PAGE NUMBER – The page on which the case begins in the reported judgment.


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