NOTICE OF SET DOWN FOR A PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE
BEFORE A JUDGE
- This matter is set down for a pre-trial conference before a Judge
in the Labour Court, Braamfontein, on the ……. day of ………. 2002 at I0h00.
- On that day the parties will be required to hold a pre-trial conference
within the Court building, draw up a proper and adequate pre-trial minute
and present it to the Judge who will be presiding in the matter. This
will enable this mailer to be set down for trial. In order to facilitate
this process, arrangements have been made for copies of pre-trial minute
guidelines on retrenchments cases, discrimination cases and strike dismissal
cases to be available from the registrar's office which the parties can
use as guidelines in order to try and enhance their prospects of preparing
a proper and adequate pre-trial minute.
- In order to ensure that an effective pre-trial conference is held
so that a proper pre-trial minute can be drawn up, representatives of
parties must ensure that their clients/principals are accessible on the
telephone during the pre-trial conference so that they can easily obtain
instructions on any aspect of the matter, should they wish to take instructions
in the course of the conference.
- If parties deliver to the registrar a pre-trial minute no later than
two clear days before the date for which the mailer is set down for a
pre-trial conference before a Judge, they may be excused from appearing
at the pre-trial conference. However, in that event the parties must
also send a letter to the registrar advising him on the fact that they
have filed a pre-trial minute and, therefore, ask to be excused from
appearing. The registrar will convey such letter to the Judge concerned.
In such a case, unless the parties are advised to the contrary before
the date of the pre-trial conference, they can accept that they will
have been excused from appearing.
- If this matter has been settled, the parties must urgently advise the registrar in writing of that fact.