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Lawyer’s Responsibility Not to Pursue a Claim or Application or Appeal Favoured by the Client Where the Interest of the Administration of Justice Will Be Compromised

Jeffrey Pinsler SC

(2020) 32 SAcLJ 1219

The court system is not a marketplace which entitles a lawyer to pick and choose a product for his client regardless of adverse consequences to the latter and the administration of justice. The courts have repeatedly emphasised that the initiation of claims, applications and appeals must be justified by the potential benefit to be gained in the light of proportionate expenditure and the proper use of the court’s resources.