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In a country where access to justice remains elusive for many, the equality courts provide a forum for the poor and marginalised to assert their rights and seek redress. They also provide a wonderful opportunity for the judiciary — currently experiencing its own difficulties — to make a contribution to the advancement of equality and the eradication of discrimination. While court cases are essentially about facts and the law, they nevertheless serve as powerful tools of advocacy and education, and their pronouncements can begin to shape and influence social behaviour.