Domicilium Trace was founded after realising the lack of correct and concise information available to the law- and financial fraternities regarding:

• Verification of debtor’s Domicilium Citande Et Excecutandi locations and geographical pinpointing of given addresses.
• Provision of the correct sheriff’s office and contact detail, for the applicable address or location.
• Provision of the correct court of law, together with the location and contact details, under which jurisdiction an address or location falls.

Sheriffs cannot choose their own service area boundaries. They are appointed by government to a particular magisterial district or part/s thereof. Such boundaries are determined by the Department of Justice (DoJ) and published by means of Government Gazette proclamations over many years. Therefore, in order to obtain the correct, legal sheriff service area boundaries applicable now, thorough research and tracing of historical rules and proclamations in this regard had to be undertaken, to establish how these were mapped and updated over time.

The complexity of sheriff service area boundaries intensified when the sheriff fraternity refused to accept the new rationalised magisterial district boundaries, to merely apply to their service areas. They were not consulted in the rationalisation process and the boundaries did not necessarily result in practical economically viable units for them. To resolve this conflict DoJ Proclamation No. 963 was issued on 28 November 2018, stating that any existing sheriff service area (boundary) stays the same as before, regardless of any rationalised magisterial district boundary (changes), until a new sheriff service area (boundary) is proclaimed in the Government Gazette.

Domicilium Trace has continuously since 2014, researched and consolidated all information on sheriff service area boundaries from the historical rules and proclamations, which now enable us to link any domicilium address within the borders of South Africa, to the relevant appointed sheriff and magisterial court, by continuously tracking any adjustments thereof.

Following a tedious and thorough development process, we generated a specialised spatial data base (digital map), to easily identify the applicable sheriff for any address or location at a national scale.


A pilot project was conducted to test and verify the system, which achieved a correctness indicator of 95%.