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Litigation in respect of Undocumented Children

Published by: by Lilla Crouse SC and edited by James Chapman and Lee Anne de la Hunt

In this article I will briefly discuss three cases in which I had the privilege of acting as counsel to seek relief for undocumented children. In each matter, the execution of court orders was unreasonably delayed, which in turn led or is leading to hardship. In each matter it was necessary to seek contempt orders. The factual situations are by no means unique and each lawyer involved in pro bono or public interest work would have encountered similar situations in South Africa. I include the orders we sought and the mistakes we made, so that someone else can stand on our shoulders and do better in the interest of the most vulnerable persons of our society. The purpose of this article is just to tell the three stories. by Advocate Lilla Crouse SC Download Briefing Paper:
Litigation in respect of Undocumented Children