Reconsidering the amicus curiae participation in S v Zuma: Lessons for future participation

Authors Amanda Spies

ISSN: 1996-2118
Affiliations: Senior Lecturer, Department of Public, Constitutional and International Law, University of South Africa
Source: South African Journal of Criminal Justice, Volume 28 Issue 1, p. 59 – 72


This discussion explores the unique nature of gender-based violence and the need for courts to understand the intricacies in adjudicating these matters. The focus is on amicus curiae participation as a specific litigation strategy that could enable courts to focus on the relevant victims and their experience of violence. Specifically the amicus curiae participation in S v Zuma is considered as the matter is unique in its rejection of the relevant amici curiae participation focusing on the need and relevance of this method of participation in future criminal trials.