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April 2018 Interviews

Judicial Service Commission Media Announcement: Judicial Vacancies

[Update: 27 November 2017] The JSC has decided to extend the closing date for nominations to 08 December 2017.

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) invites nominations to fill vacancies as Judges in the following courts:

  1. Supreme Court of Appeal (three vacancies)
  2. Competition Appeal Court (three vacancies)
  3. Electoral Court (two vacancies) (Candidates for this vacancy should be South African citizens who are in the legal profession.)
  4. Free State Division of the High Court (two vacancies)
  5. KwaZulu-Natal Division of the High Court (two vacancies – Durban)

Nominations must be accompanied by the candidate’s written consent, detailed curriculum vitae disclosing the candidate’s formal qualifications for appointment, the standard questionnaire completed and signed by the candidate, as well as copies of at least three written judgements by the candidate. The standard questionnaire to be completed by all nominees is available on the South Africa Judiciary website: www.judiciary.org.za alternatively on the Constitutional Court website: www.constitutionalcourt.co.za 

The JSC reserves the right to recommend a candidate for the filling of any such vacancy which may exist at the time of the interviews. This is to avoid the situation which has arisen in the past when, despite the availability of suitable candidates, no appointments could be made to fill vacancies which had occurred subsequent to the notice calling for nominations. Consequently, in making nominations, regard should be had to the possibility that more judicial vacancies may occur than have been advertised.

The Secretariat wishes to emphasise the following points:

  1. Interviews with short-listed candidates will be conducted in public, i.e. members of the public and media (both electronic and print) will be entitled to be present.
  2. It is open to persons or bodies nominating candidates to motivate their nominations by referring the JSC to the candidate’s qualifications and general fitness for appointment.
  3. The questionnaire must be accompanied by the standardised “clearance certificate” which the candidate is required to obtain from his/her professional body regarding the candidate’s professional status within that body, his or her suitability for appointment to the Bench and the nature of any disciplinary proceedings completed or pending in respect of the relevant candidate.
  4. Nominations must be addressed to and reach the Secretariat of the JSC by no later than Friday, 08 December 2017.

Interviews will take place during the week of 09 – 13 April 2018 in the Office of the Chief Justice in Midrand. The exact venue for the interviews will be communicated to shortlisted candidates and members of the public in due course.

Applications must be addressed to:

The Secretariat of the JSC
Office of the Chief Justice
Private Bag X10

Tel: (010) 493 2687 alternatively (010) 493 2633
Email: Chiloane@concourt.org.za and TPhaahlamohlaka@judiciary.org.za
Cc: JSC@judiciary.org.za

Candidates who wish to hand deliver their nominations could do so either at 188, 14th Road, Noordwyk, Midrand alternatively at the Constitutional Court.

Secretariat: Judicial Service Commission

[01 November 2017] To read the official press release click here.

[27 November 2017] To read the updated press release click here.