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October 2023 JSC call for nominations




On Thursday 18 May 2023 the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) published notices in the media calling for nominations of interested persons to fill 23 vacancies in the various superior courts.
The closing date for submission of nominations was Monday, 19 June 2023.

Find below the list of vacant Judicial positions as released by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
All comments and objections on the candidates had to reach the Secretariat by 19 June 2023..
Interviews will take place 2 – 6 October 2023.

The Judicial Service Commission invites nominations of candidates to fill vacancies of Judges in the following Courts:

1. Supreme Court of Appeal
Five vacancies

2. Electoral Court
One vacancy of a Judge-Member.
Candidates nominated for this position should be Judges of the High Court.

3. Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court
Deputy Judge President of the Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court
Four vacancies (Judges of the Labour Appeal Court)
One vacancy (Judge of the Labour Court Durban)
One vacancy (Judge of the Labour Court Gqeberha)
One vacancy (Judge of the Labour Court Johannesburg)

4. Gauteng Division of the High Court
Four vacancies

5. KwaZulu-Natal Division of the High Court
Two vacancies (Durban)

6. Limpopo Division of the High Court
One vacancy (Thohoyandou)


* Nominations must be accompanied by the candidate’s signed 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 judgments by the candidate.

* The updated 2023 standard questionnaire to be completed by all nominees is available on the South African Judiciary website: www.judiciary.org.za, alternatively on the Constitutional Court website: www.constitutionalcourt.org.za.

* In order to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (POPI Act), candidates need not provide their personal information both in their questionnaire and curriculum vitae i.e. (identity number, cell phone number and residential address).

* Candidates are, however, requested to fill in their personal information on a separate form marked annexure ‘’A’’ attached to the questionnaire for office use only.

* The questionnaire must be accompanied by the standard latest “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.

* Nominations must be arranged in the following order:
1. Signed nomination letter;
2. Signed consent letter;
3. Signed updated 2023 questionnaire;
4. Curriculum vitae;
5. Good standing certificate and
6. At least three written judgments

* Candidates nominated for more than one Superior Court must submit a separate nomination letter in respect of each court.

The Secretariat wishes to emphasize the following points:
1. Interviews with short-listed candidates will be conducted in public i.e. members of the public and the media are welcome to attend.

2. It is incumbent upon persons or bodies nominating candidates to motivate their nominations by referring the JSC to the candidate’s qualifications and general fitness for appointment. In order to comply with the POPI Act, persons or bodies need not provide their personal information on the nomination letters i.e. (identity number, cell phone number and residential address).

3. Nominations must be addressed to and reach the Secretariat of the JSC by no later than Monday, 19 June 2023.

Interviews will take place during the week of 2 – 6 October 2023 in Gauteng. Candidates who wish to email their applications are encouraged to do so and need not hand deliver hard copies. Candidates are encouraged to make a follow-up with the Secretariat of the JSC should they not receive confirmation of receipt. Candidates who wish to hand deliver their applications should do so either at the Office of the Chief Justice based at 188, 14th Road, Noordwyk, Midrand or alternatively at the Constitutional Court.

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 2652
Email: KMoretlwe@judiciary.org.za and TPhaahlamohlaka@judiciary.org.za
Cc: JSC@judiciary.org.za

Registrar’s Office,
Constitutional Court,
1 Hospital Street,



Kutlwano Moretlwe
Secretariat: Judicial Service Commission

Download October 2023 JSC Call for Nominations Press Release here