Office of the Chief Justice and Judicial Administration

National Department Budget for 2016-17

Vote purpose

Strengthen judicial governance and independence by rendering effective support to the Chief Justice in executing administrative and judicial powers and duties as both head of the judiciary and the Constitutional Court.

Mandate

The mandate of the Office of the Chief Justice is to render support to the chief justice as the head of the judiciary, as provided for in section 165 (6) of the Constitution, read together with the Superior Courts Act (2013). The Office of the Chief Justice is also required to: provide and coordinate legal and administrative support to the chief justice; provide communication and relationship management services and intergovernmental and internal coordination; develop courts administration policy, and norms and standards; support the development of judicial policy, and norms and standards; support the judicial function of the Constitutional Court; and support the Judicial Service Commission and South African Judicial Education Institute in the execution of their mandates.

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