South Africa has spent about $4.5 million to set up 56 special courts to deal with crimes committed during the World Cup. The courts will be open 15 hours a day and employ magistrates, foreign language interpreters, paralegals and other support staff. Officials, working with FIFA (International Federation of Association Football), said that the intent was to avoid burdening South Africa's regular courts, which already have a large backlog of cases. "We appreciate and took into account the fact that this is a unique situation that attracts tourists from all over the globe and there could be challenges. We decided to put measures in place in order to have those cases that may be court-ready finalized as soon as it is possible and practical to do so. There will be no leniency and no different standards will apply. Rules of engagement will be observed the same way as will be the case in other courts.”
But if this Irish Times story is correct, the courts may not be as necessary as the officials thought before the tournament started: Slim pickings for prostitutes as eyes stay on ball.
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