The Final Verdict is a 26 part television programme produced as a partnership between the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJ&CD) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). It is produced in the form of a documentary-drama to enhance its informative and entertainment potential.
This television programme is part of the first phase of the department's five-year communication strategy, which seeks to educate the public regarding the values contained in the Constitution, the process of accessing justice services, court processes and the criminal justice system in general.
This show is based on real cases which have already been finalised through the normal court process. It is a re-enactment of those concluded cases ranging from small claims to equality and labour cases. It is envisaged that through the re-enactment of such cases, viewers will better understand the various pieces of legislation that protect their rights, court processes, and the value chain of the Criminal Justice System.
It looks at the current issues affecting citizens in their daily lives and also brings educational aspects of the legal system to issues such as xenophobia, muthi-killings, ukuthwala etcetera.