A specialised court that will adjudicate on land-related disputes and also help speed up the land restitution process is on the cards.

This comes after the Cabinet approved last week the Land Court Bill Amendment for submission to Parliament.

On Monday, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola said the current Land Claims Court would be converted into a new land court to adjudicate on all land-related matter and not only restitution.

At a media briefing, Lamola said  “It will also have a land appeal court with jurisdiction equal to Supreme Court of Appeal”.

The proposal for the new court arose from recommendations of the presidential advisory panel on land reform and agriculture.

The panel had recommended that the land claims court be given additional responsibilities, both judiciary and extra functions such as conflict resolution and mediation, as well as have a functional approach modelled on negotiations before litigation on matters such as expropriation of land.

It had also recommended that the new court should include appointment of a permanent judge president and four permanent judges.

Lamola further said they were in a process to transfer the function of land rights management facility in the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development.