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In South Africa, the High Courts play a crucial role in authorizing certain documents. Some documents must be sent to the High Court for an apostille or attestation before being legally recognized outside of the country. These courts are also commonly referred to as Supreme Courts as they tend to matters of legalisation.At present, South Africa has 14 provincial divisions of the High Court, each representing provincial divisions and situated in different areas.
Apostille.Africa works with all 14 High Courts of South Africa to assist clients with a range of documents such as apostilles and divorce decrees. The High Court can authenticate or apostille various documents, including any notarised document by a Notary Public, documents translated by a Sworn Translator registered at that High Court, deeds, contracts, affidavits, divorce decrees, TEFL certificates, South African degrees or diplomas, Department of Home Affairs documents (Civic Services Documents) such as birth, death, and marriage certificates, as well as letters of no impediment, police clearance certificates, medical reports, passport copies, and notarized Power of Attorney (POA) forms.
It is important to note that before one can legally use South African documents abroad, they must undergo an authentication process. The appropriate authentication process is determined by the country one travels to. If the country is a member of the Hague Convention, authentication can be simplified with the Apostille process.
However, if the country does not form part of the Convention, a Certificate of Authentication by the High Court will often be required.It is also important to note that some documents, like transcripts and Police Clearances/Certificates of Good Standing, cannot be apostilled since they are not issued by a government body in South Africa. The only way to have them apostilled is to have a copy of the document notarized first.
The High Court authentication process can be complex and often involves repeat visits to various administrative bodies. Apostil can apply for document authentication and apostille on behalf of clients to take the stress out of the equation and ensure that clients obtain their documents as soon as possible without having to wait in long queues. If you require assistance with High Court authentications and apostilles, Apostille.Africa can assist.
Get in touch today to learn more about their range of documentation services and how they can assist you.