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Interactive Map: KwaZulu-Natal Magisterial Districts and Lower Courts

The Rationalisation of Magisterial Districts project enbales communities to get the following services from courts near to them: Hearings of criminal cases and civil disputes, Maintenance, Small Claims Courts, Domestic Violence, Children’ Court and Deceased Estates. 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 CourtMagistrate Courts Branch & Detached Courts Branch & Detached CourtsPeriodical 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. You can also follow this link to find the contact details of your nearest Police Station.


KwaZulu-Natal Magisterial Districts PDF Boundry Maps

01. Amajuba: Main Seat: Newcastle and Sub Districts: Dannhauser, Emadlangeni, Madadeni

02. eThekwini: Main Seat: Durban and Sub Districts: eThekwini North, eThekwini South, eThekwini West

03. Harry Gwala: Main Seat: Polela (Hlanganani) and Sub Districts: Greater Kokstad, Ubuhlebezwe, Umzimkhulu

04. Ilembe: Main Seat: Kwadukuza and Sub Districts: Maphumulo, Ndwedwe

05. King Cetshwayo: Main Seat: Empangeni and Sub Districts: Mthonjaneni, Nkandla, Umlalazi

06. Ugu: Main Seat: Port Shepstone and Sub Districts: Umdoni, Umuziwabantu, Umzumbe

07. Umgungundlovu: Main Seat: Pietermaritzburg and Sub Districts: Umgungundlovu East, Umgungundlovu West

08. Umkhanyakude: Main Seat: Ubombo and Sub Districts: Ingwavuma, Mtubatuba, Umhlabuyalingana

09. Umzinyathi: Main Seat: Dundee and Sub Districts: Msinga, Nquthu, Umvoti

10. Uthukela: Main Seat: Ladysmith and Sub Districts: Ezakheni, Inkosi Langalibalele, Okhahlamba

11. Zululand: Main Seat: Ulundi and Sub Districts: Abaqulusi, Nongoma, Uphongolo

Updated: 05 April 2022


Government Gazettes

  • Magistrates' Court Act, 1944 (Act No. 32 of 1944): Creation of magisterial districts and the establishment of district courts in respect of the KwaZulu-Natal Province, GG 46132, GoN 930, 30 Mar 2022 (Includes point-to-point descriptions).
  • Magistrates' Court Act, 1944 (Act No. 32 of 1944): Conversion of certain places for the holding of court (branch courts), and periodical court as courts at which all court-related services are provided in respect of the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal Province, GG 46132, GoN 928, 30 Mar 2022
  • Magistrates’ Courts Act: Intention to create magisterial districts and establish courts in respect of KwaZulu-Natal Province, GG 41552, GoN 407, 29 Mar 2018

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