Question posted in the General Law category relating to Western Cape
I was involved in a court battle with two parties who applied for my sequestration. My defense was that I did not owe them the monies they claimed and that both their judgements they got against me are flawed and subject to rescisission hearings. My legal team slipped up and left out crucial information that I proof to them in their submission before court. The judge thus ordered on the 2nd July that my esate must be provisionally sequestrated, basiclly as he did not see the proof of my submission which I gave to my legal team and that the final sequestration will be heard on 11 August 2020. Can I approach the judge with the proof that was left out by my legal team and show the judge that I was poorly represented? This is quite urgent. Please.
Both the parties against me got judgements againt mr which are the subject of dispute and we did apply for rescission of those judgements
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Hi there and thank you for your question,
I am a practicing attorney based in South Africa and I will assist you with your question. Please feel free to ask as many follow up questions in order to clarify your question. If you have a new question, you must please open a new thread.
If both of the judgments (which were used to obtain a provisional sequestration order against you) are subject to rescission applications, in my opinion, that should have been a complete defence to the sequestration application.
But I see that you say that this evidence was not actually before the court.
The good thing is that sequestration proceedings are normally granted in two stages. First, a provisional order is granted against you. In sequestration proceedings, a provisional order is often easily granted because it brings about a concersus creditorium - legal jargon that you don't really need to worry about. A provisional trustee is appointed to take control of your estate. The application is then postponed for about 4 - 6 weeks for the hearing of a final order.
At that postponed date, that is when you have a further opportunity to place evidence before the court to stop the provisional order turning into a final order.
So, your question was "Can I approach the judge with the proof that was left out by my legal team and show the judge that I was poorly represented?" The answer is yes, but only at the final hearing, not before.
So, you need to do a further affidavit, attaching this evidence, and explaining what the evidence is. That further affidavit needs to be served on the other sides and then filed at court. At the next hearing date, your counsel (or attorney) needs to specifically draw that evidence to the judge's attention and argue that a final order of sequestration should not be granted and that the provisional order should be discharged.
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I really appreciate the information you gave me.
Where can I contact you for further assistance regarding this matter?
Louis van Zyl
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Yes, you can most certainly contact me for further assistance!