'Editor's note: the 1995 Labour Relations Act, which came into force on 11 November 1996, has since altered the labour court system. Most labour disputes are now dealt with in the first instance by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). If a dispute remains unresolved despite the CCMA's conciliation efforts, the CCMA may arbitrate certain classes of rights disputes while other classes may be referred to a new Labour Court (with a self-contained Labour Appeal Court) for adjudication. The final court of appeal (except for constitutional cases) is the Labour Appeal Court. The labour judiciary has thus been effectively insulated from the ordinary courts, a development which is likely to produce greater coherence in the next generation of case law.