Since the inception of the Labour Courts in 1996 there have been
problems regarding the alignment of South Africa’s labour dispute resolution
institutions and the civil High Courts. The drafters of the post-constitutional Labour Relations Act (LRA) had the goal of instituting the ‘Labour Court and Labour Appeal
Court as superior courts, with exclusive jurisdiction to decide matters arising from the
Act’. As part of the plan, the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) was envisioned to be the
court of final appeal in respect of appeals from the Labour Court.