South Africa gets a long awaited judicial code of conduct, which prescribes judicial behavior as well as enhanced powers to judicial review and disciplinary committees. Decidedly necessary, the law has been in the making and long awaited, according the The Star, an independent press in South Africa.

President Kgalema Motlanthe signed the long-awaited amendment to the law on judges, setting up a judicial conduct committee, a code of conduct for judges and a register of judges’ interests. These will all fall under the existing Judicial Service Commission (JSC), which deals with the appointment of judges.

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