The South African justice system plays a huge role in bringing criminals to book. It also provides closure to victims of crime.
A number of high-profile cases were heard in courts all over the North West in 2020.
The murder case of Mahlomola Moshoeu and that of the Marikana mineworkers kept the tongues of South Africans wagging.
Politicians, government officials and police officials were also among those in the dock this year.
In the video below, Tebogo Phakedi and Zolani Alexander look back at some of these cases: