• Danielle Geldenhuys

New 6th edition of Herbstein and Van Winsen - The Civil Practice of the Superior Courts of SA

Updated: May 19



Dendy, M and Loots, C. Herbstein and Van Winsen - The Civil Practice of the Superior Courts of South Africa. – 6th ed. – Juta, 2022 (Loose-leaf update)

ISBN 9781485138877


Publisher’s summary:

“The sixth edition of the leading South African work on civil procedure in the superior courts, Herbstein and Van Winsen − now entitled The Civil Practice of the Superior Courts of South Africa – under the co-authorship of Mervyn Dendy and Cheryl Loots, is now available as a loose-leaf work, which will be updated on an ongoing and regular basis. In its completed form as a work of three volumes (comprising 53 chapters) plus an index volume, Herbstein and Van Winsen will function as a comprehensive guide to all aspects of civil practice in the High Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal and (for the first time in Herbstein and Van Winsen) the Constitutional Court of South Africa. The sixth edition includes coverage of all relevant civil cases reported in the South African Law Reports, South African Criminal Law Reports, and other relevant law reports, with detailed parallel citations given throughout the work − enabling judges and practitioners to locate immediately a passage or dictum in any report in which the judgment in question is published.The work also includes extensive coverage of important new developments in the law, including: the enactment of the Superior Courts Act 10 of 2013, the National Credit Act 34 of 2005, the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014 and the amended uniform rule 32, regulating applications for summary judgment; the forum conveniens doctrine; class actions; the provision by companies of security for costs; the defences of res judicata, issue estoppel and the doctrine of collateral challenge; and applications for default judgment where an order is sought declaring executable immovable property occupied as a home. The commentary by the authors is detailed and includes suggestions for further development of the law, where appropriate.


Volume 1 and the index volume are currently available, covering the first 23 of the work’s 53 chapters, including chapters on the structure of the superior courts in South Africa, jurisdiction, attachments of property to found or confirm jurisdiction, parties, representation of parties, authority to institute and defend proceedings, joinder of parties and causes of action, separation of trials and consolidation of actions, demands and statutory notices, form of proceedings, service of process and subsequent documents and notices, edictal citation, security for costs, applications, the summons, notices of intention to defend, summary judgment, general provisions applicable to drafting and signature of pleadings, the declaration and particulars of claim, the plea, offers to settle and tenders to perform, the replication and subsequent pleadings, pleadings in reconvention, and default judgment and rescission. The original service includes coverage of cases reported up to 30 September 2021, as well as changes to rules of court up to and including 1 February 2022. Additional chapters and updates to existing material will be published as part of each service issue, commencing in mid-2022.”


Contents of Volume 1:

  • Chapter 1: The Law of Civil Procedure and the Superior Courts of South Africa

  • Chapter 2: Jurisdiction

  • Chapter 3: Attachment of Property to Found or Confirm Jurisdiction

  • Chapter 4: Parties

  • Chapter 5: Representation of Parties

  • Chapter 6: Authority to Institute and Defend Proceedings

  • Chapter 7: Joinder of Parties and Causes of Action, Separation of Trials and Consolidation of Actions

  • Chapter 8: Demands and Statutory Notices

  • Chapter 9: Form of Proceedings

  • Chapter 10: Service of Process and Subsequent Documents and Notices

  • Chapter 11: Edictal Citation

  • Chapter 12: Security for Costs

  • Chapter 13: Applications

  • Chapter 14: The Summons

  • Chapter 15: Notice of Intention to Defend

  • Chapter 16: Summary Judgment

  • Chapter 17: Pleadings and the General Provisions Applicable to Pleadings

  • Chapter 18: Declaration and Particulars of Claim

  • Chapter 19: Plea

  • Chapter 20: Offer To Settle and Tender to Perform

  • Chapter 21: Replication, Subsequent Pleadings In Convention and Close Of Pleadings

  • Chapter 22: Pleadings in Reconvention

  • Chapter 23: Default Judgment and Rescission

Price: R1,995.00 (print) excluding delivery, including VAT.


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