Limpopo Division

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Limpopo Division of the High Court of South Africa
Country Limpopo, South Africa
Location Polokwane (main seat), Thohoyandou (local seat)
Coordinates 23°54′45″S 29°27′14″E / 23.9124°S 29.4538°E / -23.9124; 29.4538Coordinates: 23°54′45″S 29°27′14″E / 23.9124°S 29.4538°E / -23.9124; 29.4538
Composition method Presidential appointment on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission
Authorized by Chp. 8 of the Constitution; Superior Courts Act, 2013
Decisions are appealed to Supreme Court of Appeal or Constitutional Court

The Limpopo Division of the High Court of South Africa is a superior court of law that will, when fully established, have general jurisdiction over the Limpopo province of South Africa. As of August 2013 the main seat of the court is under construction in Polokwane, with completion expected by June 2014.[1] Until the new court is established, the Gauteng Division at Pretoria also serves as the Limpopo Division and circuit courts sit at Polokwane. A local seat of the division at Thohoyandou, with concurrent jurisdiction over the territory of the former Venda, is already established.

History[edit]

Until 1994, the area that is now Limpopo was part of the Transvaal Province and was within the jurisdiction of the Transvaal Provincial Division (now the Gauteng Division). In July 1979 a High Court was established for the Venda bantustan. In September of the same year Venda became nominally independent from South Africa, and its court became the Supreme Court of Venda, although decisions of the court could still be appealed to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of South Africa. When Venda was reincorporated into South Africa in 1994 the court continued to exist, and when the current Constitution of South Africa came into force it became one of the High Courts. It was known as the Venda Division until 2009, when it received the name of "Limpopo High Court, Thohoyandou". In 2013, in the restructuring brought about by the Superior Courts Act, the court at Thohoyandou became a local seat of the Limpopo Division, the main seat of which is to be established at Polokwane.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Zuma signs new court bill". News24. Sapa. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 

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