The parliamentary portfolio committee of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs continues to conduct public consultations.

Despite low turnout, the committee exercised its legislative functions and continued with the re-alignment process of laws.

An insignificant number of professionals attended the consultations for three bills that include the Judicial Laws Amendment Bill and State Administrators Amendment Bill.

The chairperson of the parliamentary portfolio committee on Justice, Cde Ziyambi Ziyambai explained to the participants on the changes proposed in the bills.

Some of the participants were much interested in the judicial law amendment act which among other things seeks to establish specialised courts.

The new bill also proposes that people can make use of their legal representatives in small claims court.

The constitution provides that people are free to engage lawyers in any court.

However, some lawyers say there must also be a provision that ensure the government avails legal representatives in small claims court, the same way High Court cases are allocated free legal representation for those who cannot afford.