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Labour Relations Act, 1995 (Act No. 66 of 1995)

Rules for the Conduct of Proceedings in the Labour Court

3. Issue of documents and registrar's duties



1) Any party initiating any proceedings must apply for a case number before serving any documents. The application for a case number must be made to the registrar in the registrar's office or by fax. If the application is made by fax, Form 1 must be used.


2) The registrar must assign consecutive case numbers to all documents that initiate proceedings. Proceedings initiated at any of the branch offices must be assigned the consecutive case numbers of that office.


3) The registrar must ensure that every document subsequently filed in respect of the same proceedings is marked with the same case number.


4) The registrar can refuse to accept a document from any party if the document is not properly marked with the case number assigned by the registrar.


5) The registrar may request a party to correct any patent defect or error in any document that is filed.


6) If a party refuses to correct any document after a request by the registrar in terms of subrule (5), the registrar must send the document to a judge in chambers for a direction.


7) The registrar must keep the court's records and must not allow them to leave the court building without prior authorisation by the registrar.