Professor Glover delivers seminar for Eastern Cape Judges

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On Saturday 31 October, Professor Graham Glover delivered a seminar to judges of the Eastern Cape Division of the High Court on the potential impact of the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 on judicial practice. He was invited to do so by the members of the bench after the first case in the division which implicated the Act – Vousvoukis v Queen Ace CC t/a Ace Motors [2015] ZAECGHC 64. The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) has not had the immediate and thorough-going impact on high court practice that the National Credit Act has had, and in the seminar Professor Glover discussed why this might be so, as well as considering in what circumstances the CPA might be relevant to litigation at this level, particularly in areas of law which have for a long time been regulated purely by the common law. The matter of the intersection between the Act and the common law is an issue which received attention in Professor Glover’s recent revised 4th edition of Kerr’s The Law of Sale and Lease (LexisNexis, 2014). Professor Glover said that it had been a “great honour” to receive such an invitation from the judges: it is very unusual for academics to receive such requests from the bench, and in fact this was a first for a staff member from the Rhodes Law Faculty. Eastern Cape High Court Judge Clive Plasket, also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty, and who arranged the seminar, said that the seminar had been a “great success” and had sowed the seeds for potential further collaboration between the Faculty and the judiciary in the province. Judge Plasket also commented that the Bench was indeed very fortunate to have, in Prof Glover, ‘someone on top of their game’