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Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996)


Constitutional Court Rules, 2003

Part VI : Applications

13. Argument


(1) Written argument shall be filed timeously and shall contain a table of contents, and a table of authorities with references to the pages in the document on which they are cited.


(2) Oral argument shall not be allowed if directions to that effect are given by the Chief Justice.


(a) Oral argument shall be relevant to the issues before the Court and its duration shall be subject to such time limits as the Chief Justice may impose.
(b) The parties shall assume that all the judges have read the written arguments and that there is no need to repeat what is set out therein.


(a) Argument may be addressed to the Court in any official language and the party concerned shall not be responsible for the provision of an interpreter.
(b) Should a person wish to address the Court in an official language other than the language in which such person's written argument is couched, such person shall, at least seven days prior to the hearing of the matter in question, give written notice to the Registrar of his or her intention to use another official language and shall indicate what that language is.


(5) On the Court's own motion, or on the application of one or more parties, the Court may order that two or more cases, involving what appear to be the same or related questions, be argued together as one case or on such other terms as may be prescribed.