LexFutures, a legal data analytics provider based in Cape Town, has launched a Constitutional Court Fantasy Prediction League in partnership with UCT Law@Work and Juta Law.
The competition aims to promote awareness of constitutional law in South Africa by awarding points to entrants who successfully predict how the Court will rule on upcoming cases and by awarding prizes to the winners of four different league divisions for students, academics, law practitioners and the general public.
Adam Stead, a director of LexFutures’ legal technology parent company, Infology, says that the Constitutional Court is regularly asked to answer difficult and complex legal questions and that the fantasy league competition is a way of promoting greater awareness of how the Court functions to meet its important responsibility.
“Over the coming months, the Constitutional Court will be tasked with answering questions covering land rights, the boundary between free speech and hate speech and the application of the Wills Act to surviving spouses of polygamous unions. Often there are no easy answers to the types of questions. Law is usually taught through case histories, but by challenging students to predict the way in which the Court is going to rule on upcoming cases, we hope to further stimulate and promote their interest and understanding of constitutional law. And for academics and practitioners, the prediction league offers a fun way of challenging your colleagues to some healthy professional competition.”
“We are privileged to act as a sponsor of this innovative league which challenges legal students, academics, practitioners and citizens alike to apply their minds to the real-world constitutional issues at play in these cases. Let the games begin!” Says Andre van Niekerk, Executive Director, Juta Law.