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Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996)

Chapter 8 : Courts and Administration of Justice

169. High Court of South Africa


(1) The High Court of South Africa may decide—
(a) any constitutional matter except a matter that—
(i) the Constitutional Court has agreed to hear directly in terms of section 167(6)(a); or
(ii) is assigned by an Act of Parliament to another court of a status similar to the High Court of South Africa; and
(b) any other matter not assigned to another court by an Act of Parliament.


(2) The High Court of South Africa consists of the Divisions determined by an Act of Parliament, which Act must provide for—
(a) the establishing of Divisions, with one or more seats in a Division; and
(b) the assigning of jurisdiction to a Division or a seat within a Division.


(3) Each Division of the High Court of South Africa—
(a) has a Judge President;
(b) may have one or more Deputy Judges President; and
(c) has the number of other judges determined in terms of national legislation.


[Section 169 substituted by section 5 of the Constitution Seventeenth Amendment Act, 2012 (Act No. 72 of 2013)]