Bona Fide, a publication started by our current Dean, Professor Hugh Corder, more than two decades ago changed its name to On Trial in 1984. The name change was prompted by a desire to move away from a Latin term that could be construed to reflect the elitist tendencies of those who worked or studied in the field of law. It was hoped that the new title would entice the passer-by, law student and non-law student alike, to pick up a copy of the publication and read what UCT law students had to say. On Trial enjoyed a highly successful and popular run of publication for sixteen years and counts amongst its contributors many of today's respected practitioners and academics. The publication was dormant during 2000 and it was hoped that by putting On Trial online that the vision of its founders would be brought forward into the new millennium by sharing the views of UCT law students with a greater audience.
On Trial has undergone a 'drastic makeover'. The publication is now now called Bona Fides and will be published in four editions. The first one is out already and focused on transformation. The remaining issues are also topic specific and cover pertinent social challenges such as HIV/AIDS.
If, as law students and future practitioners, we believe that the law is the instrument for justice in a post-apartheid South Africa, then we by our actions must prove to the people of this country that the law is a means for ensuring democracy, freedom and human rights for all. Until then we will remain in the dock. We are On Trial.