Irked judges give banks 3 bloody noses for ‘abuse’

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Irked judges give banks 3 bloody noses for ‘abuse’

Lenders told to stop taking debtors to the high court for 'trifling' amounts when a magistrate's court will do

Cape Town bureau chief

A third high court has told banks they are abusing the legal process by bypassing magistrates’ courts and taking bad-debt cases straight to a judge.

Last week’s Grahamstown High Court decision means banks have now been chastised for the practice in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Limpopo.

While the rulings are slightly different in each province, the outcome is the same: banks suing house or car owners who have fallen in arrears must use magistrates’ courts...

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