n South African Law Journal - Judges : servants of justice or civil servants?

Volume 129, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0258-2503
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2177



The article explores the relationship between judges and the public administration in the light of local and international suggestions that judges are employees. It argues that the superficial resemblance between a judge's working circumstances and those of civil servants is of less significance than the marked difference of function between the two, and concludes that it would be dangerous, in a young democracy such as South Africa, to follow an approach that characterises judges as employees of the state or civil servants.

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