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South African law

Access an extensive collection of South African case law, with over 80,000 full-text cases and law reports, alongside legal information from over 130 jurisdictions.

Authoritative law

With new content added frequently and accessible on an AI-powered legal research platform, vLex offers a unique resource for anyone researching South African law. The South African collection is provided by Juta, the largest publisher of South African legal information. Alongside coverage of the Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Appeal and divisions of the High Court, we also offer content from the superior courts of Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Suggested products


  • South Africa Core
  • South Africa Law Reports
  • South Africa Criminal Law Reports
  • South African Appellate Division Reports

Coverage overview


  • An extensive collection of South African judgments
  • Updated regularly, covering reported and unreported cases
  • Including cases from Namibia and Zimbabwe
  • Directly sourced from Juta, the largest publisher of South African legal information
  • News and legal commentary
  • Selection of blogs covering South African law

Advanced research technology


  • Intuitive and easy-to-use search tools
  • Built-in advanced search, with Boolean support
  • Benefit from unlimited document downloads
  • Positive, neutral and negative treatment and citation coding
  • Instantly view lists of cited authorities
  • Quickly browse content by category, jurisdiction and court
  • Stay up-to-date with customisable email alerts

Coverage information

Appellate Division
Bhisho High Court
Bophuthatswana Appellate Division
Bophuthatswana High Court
Bophuthatswana Supreme Court
Cape Provincial Division
Ciskei Appellate Division
Ciskei High Court
Ciskei Supreme Court
Commissioner of Patents
Competition Appeal Court
Constitutional Court
Court of the Commissioner of Patents
Durban and Coast Local Division
East London Circuit Local Division
East London Local Division
Eastern Cape Division
Eastern Districts Local Division
Electoral Court
Equality Court
Free State Division, Bloemfontein

Gauteng Division, Pretoria
Gauteng High Court, Pretoria
Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg
Griqualand-West Local Division
Income Tax Special Court
KwaZulu-Natal Division, Durban
KwaZulu-Natal Division, Pietermaritzburg
KwaZulu-Natal High Court, Durban
KwaZulu-Natal High Court, Pietermaritzburg
KwaZulu-Natal Local Division, Durban
Labour Appeal Court
Labour Court
Land Claims Court
Limpopo Division, Polokwane
Limpopo Local Division, Thohoyandu
Mpumalanga Division (Main Seat)
Mpumalanga Division, Mbombela
Mpumalanga Division, Middelburg
Mpumalanga Division, Nelspruit
Natal Provincial Division
North Gauteng High Court, Pretoria
North West Division, Mahikeng
North West High Court, Mafikeng
Northern Cape Division
Northern Local Division, Oshakati

Orange Free State Provincial Division
Registrar of Trade Marks
South Eastern Cape Local Division
South Gauteng High Court, Johannesburg
Southern African Development Community Tribunal
Supreme Court of Appeal
Tax Court
Transkei Appellate Division
Transkei Division
Transkei High Court
Transkei Supreme Court
Transvaal Income Tax Special Court
Transvaal Provincial Division
Venda High Court
Venda Provincial Division
Venda Supreme Court
Western Cape Division, Cape Town
Western Cape High Court, Cape Town
Witwatersrand Local Division

South Africa Law Reports

The most authoritative series of law reports from South Africa, and the most widely referred to source of primary legal precedent in South Africa. Judgments are carefully selected and edited with headnotes, legislative references and case annotations.

South African Appellate Division Reports

The reports of the Supreme Court of Appeal (previously the South African Appellate Division), including the complete 37-volume set of the Appellate Division Reports from 1910 to 1946. Judgments are presented as published in the original Appellate Division Reports, with identical page breaks, making citations standard.

South Africa Criminal Law Reports

The most authoritative collection of criminal law cases from the superior courts in Southern Africa, which also includes a number of acts and amendments that relate to criminal procedure. Cases are selected for the importance to the practitioner in criminal law.