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Assessment of Damages

Overview

This court service determines the amount payable as compensation for value of goods or damages suffered by an Party in a case at the Magistrate Court and High Court.  Assessment is  usually done  for unliquidated damages or the value of goods. It is usually done by application which is accompanied by evidence justifying the damages or value. 

Who is eligible?
  • Any party who is part of the proceedings  before court may qualify for an assessment of damages. 
  • The party must have been awarded the right to damages, hence the court case.
How do I get this service?
  • Following the filing of a summons/application to the high court /Magistrate Court if judgement is entered in default of appearance by the defendant, the application is made ex parte. 
  • The application must provide sufficient details to allow for easy identification of the case.
  • Submit an affidavit supporting the truthfulness of the application for assessment of damages.
  • The Registrar/Clerk  set a date for matter to determine the assessment of damages.  Additional evidence may be requested in making this determination.
  • A hearing is undertaken to asse​ss damages on the date set by the Registrar/Clerk.
  • Following the ruling of the registrar/ Clerk, the plaintiff has fourteen (14) days to apply, in writing, for a reassessment of the damages by Judge/Magistrate.  If this is not done, the assessment becomes final.
What supporting documents are required?
  • Written application requesting a date for an assessment of damages.
  • An affidavit establishing, supporting and justifying the damages sought.
How long will this service take?
  • Judgement in default  of appearance within three (3) months
  •  After the conclusion of the hearing, Judgement is passed within six (6) months. 
  • The timing is dependent upon the dates set in consultation with the parties involved either by the the Registrar or Clerk.
How much does it cost?

Court fees of BWP 30.00

Where can I get more information on this Service

 HIGH COURTS AND MAGISTRATES COURTS CONTACTS

Court of Appeal

Private Bag 00316

Gaborone

Botswana

Tel: (+267) 371 8000

Gaborone High Court

P O Box 00220

Gaborone

Botswana

Tel: (+267) 3718000

Fax: (+267) 3915119 

Francistown High Court

Private Bag F13

Francistown

Botswana

Tel: +267 241 2125

Fax. (+267) 2416378

Lobatse High Court

Private Bag 001

Lobatse

Botswana

Tel: +267 5338000

Fax: (+267) 5332317

Regional  Magistrate Court-North

Private Bag F149

Francistown

Botswana

Tel: (+267) 2410624

Regional  Magistrate Court- South

Private Bag BR293

Gaborone

Botswana

Tel: (+267) 3956339

Gaborone -  Village 
Private Bag  X10
Gaborone
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 3956381

Extension II
Private Bag X10
Gaborone
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 3956381

 
Lobatse
Private Bag 16
Lobatse
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 5330540

 
Kanye
Private Bag 17
Kanye
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 5440276/ 78

 
Jwaneng
Private Bag 10
Jwaneng
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 5880628

 
Mochudi
Private Bag 029
Mochudi
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 5777601

 
Molepolole
Private Bag 0022
Molepolole
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 5920402

 
Tsabong
Private Bag 359
Tsabong
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 6540277

 
Gantsi
P. O. Box 206
Gantsi
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 6596352 

 
Maun
Private Bag 0271
Maun
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 6860370


Francistown
Private Bag F19
Francistown
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 2413793
Masunga
Private Bag 11
Masunga
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 2489277

 
Letlhakane
Private Bag 32
Letlhakane
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 2976666


 
Selibe Phikwe
Private Bag 003
Selibe Phikwe
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 2610321


 
Serowe
Private Bag 14
Serowe
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 4630386

 
Palapye
Private Bag 15
Palapye
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 4920401

 
Mahalapye
P. O. Box 22
Mahalapye
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 4710326 

 
Kasane
Private Bag K5
Kasane
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 6250337 


 
Hukuntsi
Private Bag 10
Hukuntsi
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 6510148

 
Bobonong
Private Bag 003
Selibe Phikwe
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 2629790

 
Gumare
P. O. Box 35
Gumare
Botswana
Tel. (+267) 6874511

 

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