Proclaimed Magisterial Districts

Interactive Map: Eastern Cape Magisterial Districts and Lower Courts

From 1 December 2014, communities will get the following services from courts near to them: Hearings of criminal cases and civil disputes, Maintenance, Small Claims Courts, Domestic Violence, Children’ Court, Deceased Estates and Mediation Serivces. If you are not sure where to get help or you are unable to access or understand the maps of the new demarcation ask the court manager at your nearest court.

LEGENDS/KEYS: Magistrate Courts Branch & Detached Courts Periodical Courts in the District.

You can also follow this link to obtain the contact details for the courts if you are experiencing problems seeing or navigating the map.
Alternatively you can still do a place name search per region to find the nearest court.

Eastern Cape Magisterial Districts PDF Boundry Maps

1. Amathole: Main Seat: Butterworth, Sub District: Amahlathi, Sub District: Mbashe, Sub District: Ngqushwa, Sub District: Raymond Mhlaba

2. Alfred Nzo: Main Seat: KwaBhaca (Mount Frere), Sub District: Matatiele, Sub District: Mbizana, Sub District: Ntabankulu

3. Buffalo City: Main Seat: East London, Sub District: Buffalo City East, Sub District: Buffalo City West

4. Chris Hani: Main Seat: Komani, Sub District: Emalahleni, Sub District: Ngcobo (Engcobo), Sub District: Inxuba Yethemba

5. Joe Gqabi: Main Seat: Barkley East, Sub District: Elundini, Sub District: Sterkspruit, Sub District: Walter Sisulu

6. Nelson Mandela: Main Seat: Port Elizabeth, Sub District: Uitenhage, Sub District: Motherwell, Sub District: New Brighton

7. OR Tambo: Main Seat: Mthatha, Sub District: Inquza (Ngquza) Hill, Sub District: Mhlontlo

8. Sarah Baartman: Main Seat: Grahamstown, Sub District: Dr Beyers Naude, Sub District: Kouga

Government Gazettes

  • Magistrates’ Courts Act: Intention to create magisterial districts and establish district courts in the Eastern Cape Province as part of the rationalisation of magisterial districts, GG 41552, GoN 406, 29 Mar 2018

Enquiries on the Rationalisation Project can be directed to:
Mr Zacharia (Moagi) Makena
Deputy Director (Court Establishment)
Tel: 012 315 1767. Fax: 086 507 4984, E-mail: