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The ordinary Magistrates’ Courts can hear civil cases when the claims are for less than R100 000 in South Africa. Magistrates Court does not have jurisdiction in respect of insolvency (save for winding up close corporations), specific performance (under certain circumstances), wills and legal status. Magistrates’ courts in South Africa are easily accessible compared to the high courts where the cost of litigation can run into hundreds of thousands. An overwhelming majority of court cases in South Africa are heard by magistrates’ courts in over 755 courts situated in municipal districts, compared to high courts whose jurisdictions are provincially based.