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Courts back to business -slowly
The Courts seem to be back to normal now although it should be noted that some, like Pretoria, were hardly affected by the strike in the first place.  The Registrat at the High Court in Johannesburg sent us a trial notification for 8 March 2008 today, so that means trial dates are being allocated again at last.  In the Magistrates Court pent up demand to issue summonses and the like has been so great that cleraks are limiting each firm to 20 summonses a day and no trial applications have been returned with dates yet, although it is expected they will probably be allocating mid to late August dates from tomorrow.
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Tuesday 03-Jul-07   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Regulations ready

Rumour has it that the Road Accident Fund regulations have been drafted by a Johannesburg based Defendant attorney, that they encompass most of the things that our Counsel have advised us are unconstitutional and they are ready.  So, its sit tight now and await an imminent announcement.  Then the battle will begin!

Will we be givn time to consider them?  Unlikely, but lets hope so.

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Thursday 05-Jul-07   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Festive Occasion at the July (I hope)

A lot of attorneys know of my involvement in horse racing and today I had the usual flurry of calls for tips on tomorrows July Handicap.  Even my bank manager phoned me, because I tipped her the winner of the last two year's July's.  I explained to her as I did to the others that in 20 years I had tipped only 2 winners since the last 2 years, so with a record of 4 now out of 22, I would guess that the odds are pretty steeply against me getting it right 3 years in a row.

My horse, Festive Occasion did not make the final field, and will be running in a Grade 1 race (the highest level) at 6:35pm tomorrow - or 2 races after the July.  She is a bit of an outsider but apart from Sun Classique, it is a field of the very best fillies in South Africa and I hope she does well.  At 14/1 I can't expect a miracle.

Anyway, what do I like in the July?  If the favourite Kildonan, sees out the distance he will win by a mile.  If he does not, and I don't think he will, its open with a number of stars like Succesful Bidder, Royal Air Force and Ravishing in the running and one can't ignore a number of quality horses like Hunting Tower.  I am putting my money on a relative outsider - the only 3 year old filly in the race Sun Classique who will need a fast pace to feature.  Why?  Because she has beaten my filly 3 times this year by very narrow margins at equal weights and if we had made the July field (they chose eight 3 year old boys, but only one lady!) we would have been weighted to beat her by about 2 lengths - so I will be waiting for something to complain about!!

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Friday 06-Jul-07   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
15 August 2007
The rumours we are hearing is that the regulations will be in effect from as soon as 15 August 2007.  Of course, the date continually advances, but it does seem to be coming closer to the end of the current Road Accident Fund system and one can only be concerned for the future of injured victims of motor accidents.
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Sunday 08-Jul-07   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Magistrates Court trial dates
We finally got some of our trial date applications back from the Johannesburg Magistrates Court - and with one day left in time to set them down!  So, the Court is back in full operation now but no doubt many matters will be allocated on short notice and many will be stacked up all at the same time!
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Monday 09-Jul-07   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
RAF strike
The Road Accident Fund Management have called us and we requested we remind all members that their staff will be striking from Monday.  They will be doing their best to operate with a skeleton staff but would appreciate that attorneys exercise a bit of patience especially on Monday and Tuesday.  Staff are demanding 8% compared to the 6,5% they have been offered as well as housing benefits.

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Friday 13-Jul-07   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Direct payments

Its shocking that the RAF are gain trying their pay clients directly story.  They will sell it a different way of course, but we all know the bottom line is to try and get attorneys out of the system and thus make cost savings by under settling clients.  What clients will be able to afford all the experts needed to prove a bigger claim? 

The bottom line is clients are entitled to contract with their attorneys on whatever basis they want.  If that basis is that the attorney pays all expenses and is then paid directly, then that is the agreement. 

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Thursday 26-Jul-07   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments

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