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Wrapping it Up- 7.28

Things have been somewhat wrapping up at work. I have a few more days and Tessa doesn’t want to give me any more projects. Plus, I’ve been so delved into the ones I’ve been working on. Writing heads of argument, which is the document that lays out all the basic legal arguments and something equivalent to the joint stipulation of facts, has been interesting. I was struggling through them as I had nothing but a sample on which TP informed me was written by the “best heads of argument writer in Durban.” He wrote the opposing ones for a case…

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7.18- Piece of PIE

This week has been quite busy at work, which is a nice change from last week. Tessa has Susan and me working on a few projects that are all interesting and have been very enlightening as to differences between our laws. Additionally, we had a lecture/ discussion this morning that I would also like to highlight as it was very interesting. Currently I am working on three different matters. One is an eviction issue centering on an act called PIE Act, a medical malpractice issue and a medical negligence claim. Susan and I have been working on the malpractice issue…

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Off to Wonderland…7.14

I have less to say about work this week as last week was kind of thin. TP gave us Friday off because it was Independence Day, which we celebrated with a an American pot luck, then we had Monday off because his fiancée was coming back from Taiwan, where she had been living for the past two years, then we worked Tuesday, Wednesday there was a national strike over petrol prices, we worked Thursday, and then left Thursday night for Lesotho so we didn’t work Friday. I will update soon about work- Susan and I are working on an interesting…

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Law School and Rental Cars- 7.05

I want to tell you a story about an adventure that I had yesterday. Now this adventure has nothing to do with the actual legal work I’m going here, but has everything to do with my personal experience here and my law school experience as a whole. This requires some background knowledge about me, which is quite revealing in some ways. For those of you reading this that know me pretty well, you will be familiar with the experience that I convey, for others of you who don’t, this is a reality I face and one that I can imagine…

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Roadtrip to Appeals Court- 7.02

TP took Susan and I to the appeals court in Pietermaritzburg (PMB, as it is called by the cool kids), which is a city about 45 minutes away on Tuesday. I was particularly invested in this trip because the appeal was a case that I had worked on. This was the same matter I visited prison for. Two men had been arrested for armed robbery. The case had hinged on the issue of two alternate realities, the one given by the complaintant and the one given by the accused. After talking to the accused in prison, we discovered that they…

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Roadtrip to Appeals Court- 7.02

TP took Susan and I to the appeals court in Pietermaritzburg (PMB, as it is called by the cool kids), which is a city about 45 minutes away on Tuesday. I was particularly invested in this trip because the appeal was a case that I had worked on. This was the same matter I visited prison for. Two men had been arrested for armed robbery. The case had hinged on the issue of two alternate realities, the one given by the complaintant and the one given by the accused. After talking to the accused in prison, we discovered that they…

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A Change of Scenary- 6.29

Another week and a half has gone by. It was not particularly busy at work. Susan and I went to Cape Town last weekend. We had an incredible time. The nicest part of being there was that we didn’t have to worry about walking around at night just the two of us. As much as I love Durban sometimes it gets exhausting always being on the lookout for someone who wants to rob us or constantly being approached by beggers and peddlers. We partook in a lot of activities but mostly we just walked around. We arrived on Saturday and…

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Off to Prison Again- 6.20

Went to prison again yesterday. This was quite different than the last time. TP had assigned me to an appeal matter regarding armed robbery. There were two accused who had both been convicted and sentenced to the minimum which was 15 years in prison. I had done the research and read through the record and the judgment and in my opinion there was reasonable doubt. The judge agreed with me and hence the granting of an appeal. Basically the case set up two alternate realities and it came down to a matter of which one was true. The accused claimed…

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Appeal Issues- 6.19

I want to address the issue of appeals. Some of my feelings on it might result from inexperience or ignorance, so I want to give that disclaimer. But many of the cases I have been working on have been appeal issues and it has developed a sense of confusion and frustration towards appeals. Here is the process as I understand it. Because there are no jury trials, everything here is tied before a magistrate (judge) and along with two assistants who have say in the decision, they decide the case. The standard here is reasonable doubt for criminal matters at…

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An Assertive Judge in the Suburbs- 6.15

It has been a while since I have written and there is good reason for that. I kept putting it off and then when I was planning on doing it, I got the horrible stomach bug that Susan had suffered just a week earlier. I didn’t go to work on Thursday or Friday and while both those times would have been good to write, that would have necessitated sitting up which was not an appealing notion at the time. Things are moving steadily. Homesickness has set in a bit, particularly because work was a bit slow at times and the…

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