Famous Judges from South Africa

List of notable or famous judges from South Africa, with bios and photos, including the top judges born in South Africa and even some popular judges who immigrated to South Africa. If you're trying to find out the names of famous South African judges then this list is the perfect resource for you. These judges are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known judge from South Africa is included when available.

This list has a variety of people in it, from Edwin Cameron to Navi Pillay.

This historic judges from South Africa list can help answer the questions "Who are some South African judges of note?" and "Who are the most famous judges from South Africa?" These prominent judges of South Africa may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected South African judges.

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  • Albert "Albie" Louis Sachs (born 30 January 1935) is an activist and a former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. After having his arm blown off by a car-bomb in Mozambique due to his opposition to apartheid, he fled to the United States, and currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa.
    • Age: 87
    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Arthur Chaskalson
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    Arthur Chaskalson SCOB, (24 November 1931 – 1 December 2012) was President of the Constitutional Court of South Africa from 1994 to 2001 and Chief Justice of South Africa from 2001 to 2005. Chaskalson was a member of the defence team in the Rivonia Trial of 1963.
    • Age: Dec. at 81 (1931-2012)
    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Bernard Ngoepe

    Judge Bernard Makgabo Ngoepe (born 22 October 1947) is a South African Judge. He obtained a BJur from the University of the North and a LLB degree from Unisa. Ngoepe has previously served as an Acting judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He was also the Chancellor of the University of South Africa (Unisa) until December 2016In 2013, Judge Ngoepe was appointed as the first Tax Ombudsman of South Africa. In September 2016, the South African Treasury extended Judge Ngoepe's term of office as the Tax Ombudsman for a further three years.
    • Age: 75
  • Edwin Cameron
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    Edwin Cameron (born 15 February 1953 in Pretoria) was a judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He is well known for his HIV/AIDS and gay-rights activism and was hailed by Nelson Mandela as "one of South Africa's new heroes".
    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
  • Yahya John Mandlakayise Hlophe (born 1 January 1959 in Stanger, KwaZulu-Natal) is Judge President of the Western Cape Division of the High Court of South Africa.
    • Age: 64
    • Birthplace: KwaDukuza, South Africa
  • Jeremiah Shongwe