- S v Serame 2019 (2) SACR 407 (GJ)
Acting Judge James Grant was presiding in this murder trial before the High Court in Johannesburg. During the course of the trial, Judge Grant recused (Afrikaans: “onttrek”) himself from the trial because “he is unable to proceed with the necessary trust in the legal representatives of both the State/prosecution and the defence”.
As a matter of importance. In paragraph  of his judgment, Judge Grant inter alia remarked that he was “perplexed [Afrikaans: ‘verbysterd’] by the manner in which the defence lawyer conducted himself in court, which included sitting while engaging with the bench (judge), rocking his chair, speaking to others while being addressed by the bench, and hiding behind the lectern (holding a book in hand), sniggering (half-suppressed secretive laugh) at something which amused him - in what was, in all other respects, proceedings that could not have been more serious at every stage”.