South Africa: No Country for Women Lawyers, but New Judicial Appointments Offer Hope

Women in the legal profession are still lagging behind their male counterparts. Sexism and lack of gender transformation have been all too evident in interviews with Spitzenkandidaten before the Judicial Service Commission over the past two weeks. Given the recommendations made so far – including four women to serve as deputy judges’ presidents in four departments of the Supreme Court – the JSC panel appears to be taking note of this.

For all signs, being a lawyer sucks, and this has been confirmed in interviews with top law candidates before the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) over the past two weeks.

While there are a large number of women law graduates, women lawyers have a hard time finding work when it comes to moving up the legal ladder. They often get embroiled in family law, dealing with disputes over custody and divorce matters, while their male counterparts grapple with large cases that will ultimately enable them to do the job that would make it easier for them to climb into the bank one day.

Hence the JSC’s decision to recommend four female candidates for leadership roles as deputy judge presidents in four departments of the Supreme Court …

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