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Bertus

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has amended the Magistrate's Courts Act of 1944 giving powers to Regional Courts to now deal with divorce cases as well. President Jacob Zuma announced the commencement of the Jurisdiction of Regional Courts Amendment Act which came into effect on 9th August 2010, the National Woman's Day. The Regional Courts were established in 1952 to deal with divorces, serious criminal offences and mete out harsher penalties. The amendments increase access to justice to members of the public, in particular, women and children who go to courts daily for the resolution of family related disputes relating to divorce; maintenance; adoption; and matters relating to custody of minor children.

These amendments are good news for people utilising the eDivorce process, a DIY online divorce service at http://www.edivorce.co.za for the mere reason that it offers parties in a divorce action the opportunity to conclude their divorce in their area of residence, faster and with wider access to the courts. Previously divorces in South Africa were handled by just a few Family Courts and the High Court and through the implementation of the new system; it will be not only more cost effective but also quicker as a result of the spread in the workload.

BENEFITS OF THE AMENDMENT

Reduced time of finalisation of cases:

  • There are now 62 more Regional courts to deal with same workload that the 3 former divorce courts.
  • This will assist in reducing case backlogs both at the High Courts and Magistrates Courts.

Reduced Costs:

  • Proceedings in the High Courts are complex to the extent that attorneys and advocates are usually instructed resulting in high litigation costs.
  • Regional courts have a reduced scale of costs in relation to the High Court, and simplified proceedings which include the use of mediation in resolving civil disputes.
  • Registrars and assistant registrars appointed at each regional court to provide assistance to member of the public.

The Courts are located in the diagram below:

 

Province

New seat of civilRegional Court

Areas in respect of which the civil Regional Court has jurisdiction




Eastern

Cape

East London

East London, Komgha and Mdantsane


Grahamstown

Albany, Adelaide, Alexandria, Bathurst, Bedford and Somerset East.


Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet, Aberdeen, Cradock, Hofmeyr, Jansenville, Middelburg, Pearston and Willowmore.


King William’sTown

King William’s Town, Cathcart, Fort Beaufort, Keiskammahoek, Middledrift, Peddie, Stutterheim, Victoria East andZwelitsha.


Mthatha

Umtata, Bizana, Butterworth (Gcuwa), Elliot, Elliotdale (Xhora), Engcobo, Flagstaff (Siphaqeni) , Idutywa, Kentani (Centane), Libode, Lusikisiki, Maclear, Matatiele, Mount Ayliff (Maxesibeni), Mount Fletcher, Mount Frere (Kwabacha) , Mqanduli, Nqamakwe, Ngqeleni, Port St Johns (Umzimvubu), Qumbu, Tabankulu, Tsolo, Tsomo and Willowvale (Gatyana)


Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth, Kirkwood, Motherwell and Uitenhage.


Queenstown

Queenstown, Albert, Aliwal North, Barkley East, Glen Grey (Cacadu) (Lady Frere), Herschel, Hewu, Indwe, Lady Grey, Mo;teno, Mpofu (Seymor) (Stockentrom), Ntabethemba, Sterkstroom, Steynsburg, St Marks (Cofimvaba), Tarka, Venterstad, Wodehouse and Xalanga (Cala).


Humansdorp

Humansdorp, Hankey, Joubertina, and Steytlerville.

Free State

Bethlehem

Bethlehem, Ficksburg, Fouriesburg, Frankfort, Harrismith, Lindley, Reitz, Senekal, Villiers, Vrede and Witsieshoek.


Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein , Bethulie, Boshof, Botshabelo, Brandfort, Clocolan, Dewetsdorp, Edenburg, Excelsior , Fauresmith, Jacobsdal, Jagersfontein, Koffirfontein, Ladybrand, Marquard, Petrusburg, Philippolis, Reddersburg, Rouxville, Smithfield, Trompsburg, Thaba Nchu, Wepener and Zastron


Kroonstad

Kroonstad, Heilbron, Koppies, Parys, Sasolburg, Viljoenskroon and Vredefort.


Welkom

Welkom, Bothaville, Bultfontein, Hennenman, Hoopstad, Odendaalsrus, Theunissen, Ventersburg, Virginia, Wesselsbron and Winburg.

Gauteng

Ekangala

Ekangala, Bronkhorstspruit and Cullinan.


Johannesburg

Johannesburg. [Can also go to Kliptown Regional Court]


Kempton Park

Kempton Park, Benoni, Boksburg, Daveyton and Tembisa.


Kliptown (Canalso go to Johannesburg

Regional

Court)

Armadale, Chiawelo, Comptonville, Devland, Dhlamini, Diepkloof, Dobsonville, Dobsonville Gardens, Doornkop, Dube, Emdeni, Jabavu, Jabavu Central Western, Jabulani, Klipriviersoog, Klipspruit, Klipspruit West, Lenaron, A.H., Lougherin A.H., Lufhereng, Mapetla, Meadowlands, Meredale, Mofolo Central, Mofolo North, Mofolo South, Molapo, Moletsane, Moroka, Moroka North, Naledi, Naturena, Nomzamo, Noordgesig, Orlando, Orlando East, Orlando Ekhaya, Orlando West, Phiri, Pimville Ext & Zones, Power Park, Protea City, Protea Glen, Protea North, Protea North Ext.1, Protea North Ext.9, Protea South Ext.1, Racecourse, Riversdale, Senaoane, Stesa A.H, Slovoville, Slovoville Ext.1, Tladi, Zola, Zola Ext.1 and Zondi.


Oberholzer

Oberholzer and Westonaria.


Pretoria

Pretoria, Atteridgeville, Mamelodi, Soshanguve and Wonderboom.


Randburg

Randburg and Alexandra.


Roodepoort

Roodepoort, Krugersdorp and Randfontein.


Germiston

Germiston and Alberton.


Vereeniging

Vereeniging, Meyerton and Vanderbijlpark.


Springs

Springs, Brakpan, Heidelberg and Nigel.

KwaZulu-Natal

Durban

Durban, Chatsworth, Inanda, Lower Tugela, Ndwedwe, Pinetown, Umbumbulu, Umlazi and Ntuzuma.


Empangeni

Empangeni (Lower Umfolozi), Eshowe, Hlabisa, Kranskop, Mahlabatini, Mapumulo, Mtonjaneni,Mtunzini and Nkandhla.


Newcastle

Newcastle, Dannhauser, Dundee, Estcourt, Glencoe, Klip River, Madadeni, Msinga, Utrecht and Weenen.


Vryheid

Vryheid, Babanango, Ingwavuma, Ngotshe, Nongoma, Nqutu, Paulpietersburg, Piet Retief and Ubombo.


Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg, Bergville, Camperdown, Impendle, Lion’s River, Mooi River, New Hanover, Polela, Richmond, Umvoti and Underberg.


Port Shepstone

Port Shepstone, Alfred, Ixopo, Mount Currie, Umzimkulu and Umzinto.

Limpopo

Giyani

Giyani, Bolobedu, Malamulele, Sekgosese, Tshitale and Vuwani.


Lebowakgomo

Thabamoopo.


Sekhukhune

Sekhukhuneland, Nebo and Praktiseer


Modimolle

Waterberg, Ellisras, Northam, Phalala, Thabazimbi and Warmbaths.


Polokwane

Pietersburg, Bochum, Mankweng, Mokerong, Potgietersrus and Seshego.


Tzaneen

Letaba, Lulekani, Namakgale, Naphuno, Ritavi and Phalaborwa.


Thohoyandou

Thohoyandou, Dzanani, Hlanganani, Messina, Mutale, Sibasa, Soutpansberg, Tiyani and Tshilwavhisiku.

Mpumalanga

Eerstehoek (Elukwatini)

Eerstehoek, Carolina, Ermelo, Piet Retief and Wakkerstroom.


Evander

Highveld Ridge, Amersfoort, Balfour, Bethal, Delmas, Standerton and Volksrust.


KwaMhlanga

Kwamhlanga, Mathanjana, Mbibana, Mdutjana and Mkobola.


Middelburg

Middelburg, Groblersdal, Kriel, Moutse and Witbank.


Mbombela

Nelspruit, Barberton, Belfast, Lydenburg, Mapulaneng, Mhala, Nkomazi, Nsikazi, Pilgrim’s Rest, Waterval-Boven and White River.

Northern Cape

De Aar

De Aar, Britstown, Carnarvon, Colesberg, Hanover, Noupoort, Philipstown, Richmond and Victoria West.


Kimberley

Kimberley, Barkly West, Hartswater, Douglas, Hopetown, Jan Kempdorp and Warrenton.


Springbok

Calvinia, Fraserburg, Garies, Namaqualand, Port Nolloth, Sutherland and Williston.


Upington

Gordonia, Groblershoop, Hay, Kakamas, Kathu, Keimoes, Kenhardt, Kuruman, Olifantshoek, Pofadder, Postmasburg and Prieska.

North West

Brits

Brits and Warmbaths.


Ga-Rankuwa

Odi and Pretoria.


Klerksdorp

Klerksdorp, Bloemhof, Christiana, Schweizer-Reneke and Wolmaransstad.


Mmabatho

Molopo (Mafikeng), Atamelang, Ditsobotla, Mafeking, Lehurutshe, Lichtenburg, Mafeking, Ottosdal and Zeerust


Potchefstroom

Potchefstroom, Coligny and Ventersdorp.


Rustenburg

Rustenburg, Bafokeng, Koster, Madikwe, Mankwe, Marico and Swartruggens.


Temba

Moretele


Vryburg

Vryburg, Delareyville, Ganyesa, Kudumane (Tlhaping-Tlharo), Kuruman and Taung.

Western Cape

Atlantis

Atlantis, Clanwilliam, Hopefield, Malmesbury, Moorreesburg, Piketberg, Van Rhynsdorp, Vredenburg and Vredendal.


Bellville

Bellville, Bluedowns and Kuils River.


Cape Town

Cape and Goodwood.


George

George, Heidelberg, Knysna, Mossel Bay, Riversdale, Thembaletu and Uniondale.


Mitchells Plain

Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.


Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn, Beaufort West, Calitzdorp, Ladismith, Murraysburg and Prince Albert.


Somerset West

Somerset West, Bredasdorp, Caledon, Grabouw, Hermanus, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Strand,Tulbagh, Wellington and Wolseley.


Worcester

Worcester, Bonnievale, Ceres, Laingsburg, Montagu, Robertson and Swellendam.


Wynberg

Wynberg, Athlone, Phillipi and Simon’s Town.

For further info and how to conclude your divorce through the online eDivorce process at a fraction of the normal cost, visit http://www.edivorce.co.za or email info@edivorce.co.za, you can also call the eDivorce hotline on 0835334428

Compiled by Bertus Preller

Family Law Attorney

Abrahams and Gross Inc.

info@divorceattorney.co.za

 

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