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Important officers and provincial divisions of theHigh Court Important officers and provincial divisions of theHigh Court

Bronze medal Reporter adv. Alex Posted 30 Apr 2019 Read More News and Blogs
Important officers and provincial divisions of theHigh Court

 

 

Important officers in a High Court Division:

  1. The Registrar of the High Court - The functions of a registrar are mainly administrative. The registrar also has semi-judicial duties, e.g. issuing civil process (summonses, warrants, subpoenas) and so on. Other important duties of the registrar are that of taxing-master for that particular High Court division. Registrars also compile case lists, arrange available courts, lend assistance to judges in general and keep records.
  2. The Family Advocate- The Family Advocate assists the parties to reach an agreement on disputed issues, namely custody, access and guardianship of children. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the Family Advocate evaluates the parties’ circumstances in light of the best interests of the child and makes a recommendation to the Court with regard to custody, access or guardianship.


  3. The Master of the High Court- The Master's Branch is there to serve the public in respect of:
    • Deceased Estates;
    • Liquidations (Insolvent Estates);
    • Registration of Trusts;
    • Tutors and Curators; and
    • Administration of the Guardian’s Fund (minors and mentally challenged persons).
  4. The Sheriff of the court - The Sheriff is an impartial and independent official of the Court appointed by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development who must serve or execute all documents issued by our courts. These include summonses, notices, warrants and court orders.
  5. The Directors of Public Prosecutions - are responsible for all the criminal cases in their provinces, so all the prosecutors are under their control. The police bring information about a criminal case to the Director of Public Prosecutions or his/her represenatative prosecutors. The Director of Public Prosecutions or his/her representative prosecutorthen decides whether there is a good reason to have a trial and whether  there is enough information to prove in court that the person is guilty.
  6. The State Attorney - The State Attorney's Division of the Department of Justice functions like an ordinary firm of attorneys, except that its clients are the different departments of government and not private individuals. The state attorney's major function is to protect the interests of the State by acting for all government departments and administrations in civil cases, and for officials sued in their official capacity.

There are at the moment fourteen provincial divisions of the High Court. The present fourteen provincial divisions of the High Court are situated in:



  • Eastern Cape High Court (Bhisho)
  • Free State High Court (Bloemfontein)
  • Western Cape High Court (Cape Town)
  • KwaZulu- Natal High Court (Durban)
  • Eastern Cape High Court (Grahamstown)
  • South Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg)
  • Northern Cape High Court (Kimberley)
  • KwaZulu-Natal High Court (Pietermaritzburg)
  • Eastern Cape High Court (Port Elizabeth)
  • North Gauteng High Court (Pretoria)
  • Limpopo High Court (Thohoyandou)
  • Eastern Cape High Court (Mthatha)
  • North West High Court, Mafikeng (Mmabatho) and

 

For more details contact lawyers in South Africa.



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