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Chapter 8 of the final Constitution, entitled “Courts and Administration of Justice ”, sets out the structure of South Africa’s court system and defines the role of each court.

Section 165 says the judicial authority of South Africa is vested in the courts, which are independent and subject only to the Constitution and the law. And section 166 identifies these courts as:

  • the Constitutional Court;
  • the Supreme Court of Appeal;
  • the High Courts;
  • the Magistrates’ Courts; and
  • any other court established or recognized by an Act of parliament

The Supreme Court of Appeal, which used to be known as the Appellate Division, sits in Bloemfontein and is the highest court in respect of all other matters. It can hear and decide an appeal against any decision of a High Court.

Decisions of the Supreme Court of Appeal are binding on all lesser courts and the decisions of the High Courts (which used to be known as the Supreme Courts) are binding on Magistrates’ Courts within their areas. These decisions are an important source of law. A decision of a High Court in one division is not binding on another, but in practice has strong persuasive force.


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