Free State Division

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Free State Division of the High Court of South Africa
Established 1875 (High Court of Justice of the Orange Free State)
Country Free State, South Africa
Location Bloemfontein
Coordinates 29°07′07″S 26°13′01″E / 29.1185°S 26.217°E / -29.1185; 26.217Coordinates: 29°07′07″S 26°13′01″E / 29.1185°S 26.217°E / -29.1185; 26.217
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
No. of positions 16
Judge President
Currently Mahube Betty Molemela
Since 2015

The Free State Division of the High Court of South Africa (previously named the Orange Free State Provincial Division and the Free State High Court, and commonly known as the Bloemfontein High Court) is a superior court of law with general jurisdiction over the Free State province of South Africa. The division sits at Bloemfontein.


A High Court of Justice consisting of three judges was established as the superior court of the independent Orange Free State in 1875. This court ceased to exist as a result of the Anglo-Boer War; with the British victory the Orange Free State became the Orange River Colony, and a new High Court was established for the colony.[1] When the Union of South Africa was formed in 1910 this court became the Orange Free State Provincial Division of the Supreme Court of South Africa. In 1997, on the adoption of the current Constitution of South Africa, it became a High Court, and in 2009 it was renamed the Free State High Court by the Renaming of High Courts Act. In 2013, in the restructuring brought about by the Superior Courts Act, it became the Free State Division of the High Court of South Africa.


  1. ^ Murray, Henriette (April 2010). "Free State High Court, Bloemfontein: A brief history" (PDF). Advocate. General Council of the Bar. 23 (1): 45–46. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 

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