Acts of Parliament and Legislation (also referred to as “Statutory Law”) are documents containing rules that are “made into law” by governing bodies (i.e. the legislative branch of Government). These documents form part of our written Law and are referred to when a legal situation falls under the scope of a particular Act. This written Law provides clarity and certainty so that similar legal issues are dealt with in similar ways.
At GCM legal we like to give you access to as much information as possible. This information can help you understand your legal position or to generally be better informed. Access to these Acts is free of charge.
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Administration of Estates Act (1965)
Companies Act (2008)
Consumer Protection Act (2008)
Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (2002)
Insolvency Act (1936)
Matrimonial Property Act (1984)
National Credit Act (2005)
There are 3 types of Law that Courts may consider of South Africa, namely, Legislation; Common Law; and Case Law. Customary Law may also be considered in certain circumstances.
The interpretation of this legislation is done according to established principles broadly referred to as “interpretation of Statutes”. It is necessary to understand these principles for the purposes of litigation. However, for the purposes of simply expanding your understanding of your legal situation, you do not need to understand these principles.
Some of the text in the above documents may be difficult to understand but in general, if you read carefully you will be able to follow the meaning.
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