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Magistrate Court Civil Sections

The Magistrates’ Courts are the lower courts which deal with the less serious criminal and civil cases. They are divided into regional courts and district courts. In Criminal Courts the state prosecutes people for breaking the law. Criminal Courts can  be divided into two groups:

  • Regional Magistrate's Courts
  • Ordinary Magistrate's Courts (also called District Courts)

The Regional Magistrates’ Courts at present only deal with criminal cases whereas the district Magistrates’ Courts deal with criminal and civil cases.

Magistrate's Courts can be divided into either criminal courts or civil courts.

The ordinary Magistrates’ Courts can hear civil cases when the claims are for less than R100 000. Follow this link to read more on South African Courts.

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