The 11 judges of the Constitutional Court are independent. They cannot be members of Parliament, of the government or of political parties. They are required to be impartial and to uphold justice for all without fear, favour or prejudice. 

Sections 174 to 178 of the Constitution deal with the appointment of judicial officers. First, the Judicial Service Commission draws up a list of candidates that must have three more names than the number of vacancies. The Commission does this after calling for nominations and holding public interviews. 

Then the President, after consultation with the Chief Justice and the leaders of political parties represented in the National Assembly, chooses the judges from this selection. 

The judges ordinarily serve for a non-renewable term of between 12 and 15 years. 

The first judges were appointed in 1994. Read about the selection of the first judges here.
Read about what it is like to be a Constitutional Court Judge.


OCJ Judicial Vacancies 

Erratum :On Tuesday, 14 May 2024 the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) published a notice in the media calling for nominations of interested persons to fill in vacancies in various superior courts. The JSC has added a vacancy of the Deputy Judge President in the Mpumalanga Division of the High Court. The Notice is accordingly amended to reflect this change.


Questionnaire for judges


Questionnaire for candidates for judicial appointment


JSC media statement: Invitation to submit comments on candidates nominated for the position of the Chief Justice and the Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal

OCJ Judicial Vacancies (Supreme Court of Appeal)


OCJ Judicial Vacancies (Supreme Court of Appeal)


Media Statement for JSC Criteria


Shortlisted Candidates for Judicial Appointment May 2024

Summary and Explaination of the criteria and guidlines used by JSC:When considering candidates for judicial appoitment


Media release (reminder): Shortlisted candidates for the position of Chairperson of the water tribunal


Judicial Service Commission (JSC) Shortlisted Candidates for October 2022


Annexure 'A' Candidates personal details