Are you a legal professional with a passion for research and a deep understanding of the law? The Office of the Chief Justice is seeking a highly skilled and analytical Law Researcher to join our team at the Middelburg High Court.

This pivotal role offers an exciting opportunity to contribute significantly to the judiciary by supporting Judges with comprehensive research, enabling them to make informed judgments. If you possess an LLB degree, have experience in legal research, and are proficient in using electronic legal databases, we invite you to apply for this rewarding position.

Law Researcher Vacancy Details

Position: Law Researcher
Reference Number: 2024/13/OCJ
Salary Range: R424,104 – R508,692 per annum (Level 09)
Contract Type: The successful candidate will be required to sign a performance agreement.
Location: Middelburg High Court


  • Educational Qualification: Must possess an appropriate Bachelor’s Degree (NQF 8) in LLB or a four-year legal qualification recognized by SAQA.
  • Experience: At least two (2) years of legal experience post-qualification is required. A minimum of three (3) years of legal research experience and completed legal articles will be an advantage.
  • Knowledge: Familiarity with Electronic Information Resources and online retrieval systems such as Westlaw, LexisNexis, Jutastat.
  • Skills and Competencies:
    • Excellent research and analytical skills.
    • Proficient in report writing and editing.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
    • Problem analysis, solving, and planning skills.
    • Computer literacy, especially in MS Word.
    • Project management skills, including planning and organizing.
    • Ability to integrate knowledge from diverse sources.
    • High accuracy and attention to detail.
    • Good interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to work under pressure and manage time effectively.
    • Creative and analytical thinking abilities.


  • Conduct comprehensive legal research to assist Judges in preparing judgments.
  • Retrieve relevant material in both hard and electronic formats on legal issues as requested by a Judge.
  • Analyze material thoroughly and discuss potential legal point variations with colleagues or the Judge.
  • Prepare comprehensive memorandums on research outcomes.
  • Proofread judgments, articles, speeches, and conference papers for spelling and grammar accuracy.
  • Double-check references and footnotes against original texts for correctness.
  • Draft speeches, legal articles, and conference papers on legal issues as requested by a Judge.
  • Prepare PowerPoint presentations.
  • Perform quasi-judicial functions.
  • Monitor and inform the judiciary of new developments in law and jurisprudence.
  • Undertake any court-related work requested to improve court efficiency.

How to Apply:

To Apply, quote the relevant reference number and direct your application to:
The Provincial Head: Office of the Chief Justice, Private Bag X20051, Mbombela, 1211. Applications can also be hand-delivered to the Mpumalanga Division of the High Court, Office of the Chief Justice Provincial Service Centre, 311 Samora Machel Drive, Mbombela, 1200


  • Technical Enquiries: Ms. Y Seswene, Tel No: (013) 792 2211
  • HR Related Enquiries: Mr. S Zwane / Mr. MV Maeko, Tel No: (013) 758 0000

Download the Z83 Form 2024 Online

Embark on a career path that offers both a challenge and the opportunity to make a real difference. As a Law Researcher with the Office of the Chief Justice, you will be at the forefront of shaping justice in South Africa through meticulous research and dedication.

Do not miss this opportunity to contribute your skills and knowledge to a vital sector of our nation. Apply now to step into a role that not only respects your expertise but also values your contribution to society. Let your career be a testament to excellence in the legal profession.