The Department of Law of Procedure and Law of Evidence is one of the oldest departments in the Faculty of Law. It boasts an array of famous alumni who have lectured in the department in the past, including former acting Judge President of South Africa, Joos Hefer.

With the introduction of a distinct practical component into the new LLB programme, and particularly after 1998, the department is tasked with presenting most of the Legal Practice modules that are included in all four years of study for the LLB degree programme.

The department is further responsible for lecturing the adjectival subjects of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, and the Law of Evidence. The department hosts the unique annual Kovsie First-year Moot Court Competition, which attracts both national and international participation and is hosted in the Supreme Court of Appeal before serving and retired judges and members of the legal profession who act as competition judges.

The University Law Clinic, which was established in 1989, operates under the auspices of the department and is fundamental in the rendering of community service, inculcating community service learning into the modules of Legal Practice and the Law of Evidence. The department believes that a thorough academic grounding is required to develop legal skills and aims at contributing towards delivering well-rounded LLB graduates to the legal profession.

The department maintains contact with the legal profession by serving on the Board of Control of the Free State School for Legal Practice and regularly invites legal practitioners to deliver lectures to its students.

Contact Us

Prof Neels Swanepoel

Head of Department
T: +27 51 401 3458
T: +27 51 401 2451
F: +27 51 430 8901


T: +27 51 401 2451
F: + 27 51 401 3043


Equitas Building
UFS Bloemfontein Campus

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