De Rebus is the latest South African legal publication to appear on the Internet and current issues of De Rebus, but not back issues, will be available free of charge. De Rebus thus joins the already impressive collection of free legal information on the Internet. For those involved in legal research. this raises an interesting question. Is it possible to integrate the free information on the Internet into the holding of law libraries so as to give South African lawyers better and cheaper access to local and foreign law? The answer to this question is a qualified yes.
So you took the plunge and had a Webmaster design you a Web page on the World Wide Web (WWW). Congratulations and about time! To market your practice successfully, it is not sufficient merely to have a home page providing details of your practice and its partners, but - more importantly - your Web page must be linked to search engines that point interested parties to your site. South African firms should be linked to the more popular South African search engines.
The term 'cyberspace' was first coined by the novelist William Gibson in his work Neuromancer. Indeed, he descriptionbed it as 'consensual hallucination' and it is perhaps the consensual element, together with the passage of technology in the form of the Internet, that has brought fiction into the realm of reality and into contact with the law, more particularly the First Amendment to the US Constitution which, so far as is material to this note, declares: Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech'.
This article deals with the advantages and disadvantages of evidence led Via a video-conference facility. Section 158 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (the Act). as amended by s 7 of the Criminal Procedure Amendment Act 86 of 1996 (the CPAA), deals with a situation in which the court may order that evidence be led by means of electronic media. An application may be made by the state or defence counsel, or the court may make such an order on its own initiative. In the instance dealt with below, it was the state which made the application in terms of s 158(2)(a) of the Act.