The Constitutional Court This court, the highest in South Africa on constitutional matters, was born out of the country’s first democratic Constitution in 1994. In an acclaimed building at Constitution Hill, the 11 judges stand guard over the Constitution and protect everyone’s human rights. The Constitutional Court only makes decisions about issues that have to do with the Constitution. So its jurisdiction – the scope of its authority to hear cases – is restricted to constitutional matters and issues connected with decisions on constitutional matters.

When you are not satisfied with what the High Court has decided you can go to the Constitutional Court only if it has to do with constitutional issues. Normal appeal matters are however dealt with at the Supreme court of Appeal. The Constitutional Court is the highest court in the country when it comes to the interpretation, protection and enforcement of the Constitution. It deals exclusively with constitutional matters – those cases that raise questions about the application or interpretation of the Constitution.

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