Our expert says:
Family law expert
The rule regulating the notice of bar in terms of which defendants may be called upon to lodge their plea within a certain time failing which they will lose the right to raise their defence is seroius. Many of the Rules of Court require compliance with fixed time limits, and a failure to observe those time limits may result, in the absence of good cause shown, in a plaintiff or defendant being prevented from pursuing their claim or defence. Of course, all these Rules must be compliant with the Constitution. To the extent that they do constitute a limitation on a right of access to court.
I suggest that you urgently visit the Legal Board in order to assist you in obtaining the services of an attorney, alternatively approach a legal clinic at one of the universities or get a new attorney, you don't have much time.
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