The Latest Motion Court Dates
The National Consumer Tribunal hears debt review matters (86(7)(b)) where all parties are happy with the plan proposed by the Debt Counsellor. These are called Consent Orders. They are then able to issue an Order which has the same force as a High Court Order restructuring the debt.
Every quarter the NCT receive around 6000 of these applications with roughly half originating in the Western Cape while the remaining 50% come from other provinces. Though the NCT are based in Gauteng, they travel the country holding what are called “motion courts” in order to make access to themselves easier to Debt Counsellors making these debt review applications.
‘has the same force as a High Court Order restructuring the debt’
Durban – 11-13 October 2017
Centurion – 19-20 October 2017
Cape Town – 23-25 October 2017
The NCT has also taken some innovative steps with regard to applications and technology. Their new online system allows Debt Counsellors to upload applications and supporting documents so that Tribunal members will be able to review applications online and grant consent orders and then simply email the orders back to all parties (or request further information etc).
[for more on that see this month’s Debtfree magazine which is out next week]