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Frans Stassen


  • Arbitration
  • Disciplinary Enquiry
  • Facilitation
  • Mediation

Frans joined the Department of Justice in 1960. He was appointed as magistrate from 1969. He served as prosecutor and magistrate till retirement in 1998 with rank of Chief Magistrate in Johannesburg. He has extensive experience as public prosecutor and as magistrate in Criminal Court, Civil Court, Maintenance Court and Children’s Court.

During his period in office he also conducted work performance investigations of officials including that of state advocate, state attorney, prosecutors and magistrates. He served for many years as member and leader of merit assessment/work performance committees. He was also a member/investigator of the “De Meyer Commission of Inquiry” investigating alleged mismanagement in the former (pre 1994) Lebowa Government in 1990.

In 2000 to 2007 he was engaged in disciplinary enquiries at Johannesburg University (formerly RAU) in respect of all staff members including academic staff. Since 2000 he has served on the panels of arbitrators for the Furniture, Electrical, Road Freight and Grain Bargaining Councils. In the latter capacity he has conducted numerous arbitrations in respect of unfair dismissals/unfair labour practises and enforcement of collective agreements including exemption applications.

Frans has sat as assessor in rape and murder cases in the Pretoria High Court during 2001/2 with Judge Johan van der Westhuizen (presently a judge of the Constitutional Court). In 1998 he was appointed member of the “South African Advisory Committee of the Canada – South Africa Justice Linkage Project” dealing with training of judges and magistrates. He was accredited as a bargaining council arbitrator by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in 2001 and obtained the CCMA certificate of competence on jurisdictional rulings in May 2004.

Frans completed the “Intensive Study Programme for Judicial Educators” at the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute” in 1995 at the Dalhousie University Law School in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a member of the “Order of the Good Time” of Nova Scotia granted in 1995 by the Premier of the Province of Nova Scotia, Canada. He attended “The Judiciary and Human Rights” conference during 26 to 31 October 1997 in Cape Town.

Frans is based in Pretoria.