Welcome to the Master of the High Court


Welcome to 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, as well as Administration of the Guardian's Fund (minors and mentally challenged persons).

The Master has wide interaction with members of the public and practitioners and the dealings of the Master have an impact on the economy. The Master's Office has five main divisions.  They all strive to protect the financial interests of persons whose assets or interests are, for various reasons, being managed by others.

What's New

Interest rate in the Guardians Fund

Interest rate in the Guardians Fund for 2014/2015 is 7.25%


The ICMS Masters connects more than 400 magistratesí offices (deceased estate service points) and all 14 of the Masters´ Offices. The ICMS Web Portal makes available information held by the Masters´ Offices as from the year 2008. Follow this link to register and view the portal: https://icmsweb.justice.gov.za/mastersinformation

Problems accessing the ICMS Web Portal
If you experience any difficulties to access the portal, please contact Themba Masha (TMasha@justice.gov.za), ISM System Support.

The Masters Office Web Portal is best viewed using Mircrosoft IE8+, Google Chrome Safari, Mozilla Firefox or Opera at a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher.

Trust Registrations and Amendments at Pretoria Masters Office Notice:

For new Trust Registrations and Amendments to these newly registered Trusts that have been captured on the new ICMS Masters Trust system, please complete the new eForms available at the following link: http://www.justice.gov.za/master/forms.html

Please note that these forms will not apply to previously registered trusts. Newly registered trusts will always have a Unique Reference Number (URN). The new forms are marked in RED under the heading of “TRUSTS - PILOT FORMS”

These documents will become compulsory once the system is confirmed as approved by the Chief Master at a date to be confirmed. Please bear with us while we are piloting this system.


Follow this link to view the data captured through the MASETI project on Estates, Trusts, Insolvencies and Guardian/ Curators.

MASETI (Part 1): Thohoyandou, Umtata, Polokwane, Bhisho, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Mmabatho, Kimberley, Grahamstown, Johannesburg & Pietermaritzburg

MASETI (Part 2): Bloemfontein, Cape Town & Pretoria

The Master's Branch is currently investigating methods to deliver a more efficient and effective service to the public through the internet.  Should you have any suggestions or comments to enable us to render a more efficient information service, kindly
contact the Webmaster

Enquiries/Customer Care: chiefmaster@justice.gov.za , Tel: 012 406 4805, Fax: 086 5444 893