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Lawyers warned of costs orders over spurious claims

Publish date: 16 April 2018
Issue Number: 769
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: General

Lawyers have been warned by Namibia’s Chief Justice that spurious claims about court opponents, particularly unsupported claims of improper conduct against government officials designed to discredit them, could lead to personal orders for costs. The tough warning came in a recent Supreme Court judgment dealing with an appeal on a blatant fraud perpetrated by a group of civil servants against Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry. In her weekly A Matter of Justice column on the Legalbrief website, Carmel Rickard says the facts of the case, involving asset forfeiture orders after R10m was wrongly paid out by the Namibian Government in just over two months, are just as intriguing as the judicial reprimand.

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