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Local Information South Africa

Map of South Africa

South Africa's legal system is described as a hybrid system and features three major branches. South Africa’s civil law has its origin in Roman-Dutch law, while its common law originated from British law. The third branch of South African law is customary law, which developed from indigenous African law. South Africa’s hybrid law system has therefore taken prominent features form English, Roman-Dutch and indigenous law and this amalgamation are clearly observed in the Constitution of South Africa.

South Africa’s court system has also developed on a hierarchical basis, with the national court system featuring the Constitutional Court at the highest level of legal authority, followed by the Supreme Court of Appeal, High Courts and at the lowest hierarchical level, the Magistrates’ Court. The South African court system applies throughout all nine provinces without variances.