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De Jure Law Journal

versión On-line ISSN 2225-7160
versión impresa ISSN 1466-3597


NJOKO, Thulisile Brenda. The admissibility of criminal findings in civil matters: Re-evaluating the Hollington judgment. De Jure (Pretoria) [online]. 2021, vol.54, n.1, pp.160-173. ISSN 2225-7160.

In Hollington v Hewthorn & Co Ltd 2 1943 All ER 35 it was held that a finding of a criminal court did not have any probative value in a subsequent civil action and was inadmissible as evidence. Despite the case being one of English origin, the South African courts have largely adopted this ruling as one grounded in our common law. In this paper, the judgment in the Hollington case is critically analysed in order to determine its continued applicability in the face of South Africa's existing law of evidence and the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 ("the Constitution"). It is argued that in light of the existing law, this rule no longer finds application in South Africa.

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