Locate Gauteng jurisdictions quickly.

Obtaining information on the correct sheriff is often frustrating, timely, and can lead to delays and additional costs. Jurisfy saves law firms time by mapping sheriff jurisdictions onto a digital map, allowing firms to quickly find the correct sheriff by entering a relevant street address.

Jurisfy (https://jurisfy.com) has allowed many sheriffs to see the boundaries of the areas they serve for the first time, and has had excellent feedback from firms who have drastically reduced the time to find the correct sheriff.

How Was The Data Gathered?
After some research, the team at Jurisfy discovered that most of the areas that make up the Sheriffs’ jurisdictions are listed on the website of the South African Board for Sheriffs. With further research it was found that some of the information was incomplete, inaccurate, or absent.

The data from traditional sources was not only difficult and time-consuming to interpret, but also frequently inaccurate or contradictory. By integrating with Google Map’s solid infrastructure, Jurisfy made it possible to build a powerful tool that enabled sheriff jurisdictions to be mapped out and visually represented throughout Johannesburg.

Leveraging the 2011 census data, jurisdictions were plotted based on the information available in Hortors and the Sheriff’s Board website. It was not long before it was again evident that the data was incomplete and unintuitive, and that a new approach was required in order to get accurate information. The information would need to be obtained from the sheriffs themselves.

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Armed with large maps representing the jurisdiction of Soweto East, the first office that was visited was that of Hettie Botha, the Soweto East Sheriff. Because she took over the job from her father, she was more than aware of the inadequacies within the system – many of which stemmed from years past. She explained that much of the workday was spent on the phone redirecting callers who had phoned the incorrect Sheriff’s office.

It was apparent that the only reliable data would be first hand data obtained directly from the Sheriffs themselves, and so began the task of visiting, speaking with, and collaborating with the Sheriffs to determine their jurisdictions.

What Does It Cost?
The service is currently free, but pricing structures and investigations are under way to ensure that a reliable service that brings value to firms can be sustained. Jurisfy services law firms seeking sheriff information only for Gauteng at the moment, but the goal is to expand to the rest of South Africa, and ultimately become the authority on obtaining sheriff and court information.

Jurisfy also allows correspondent firms to list themselves to be discovered, after which they are automatically displayed on the map when a court they are within 15kms of is selected. This is currently a free service, and will likely eventually be expanded to counsels.

Who is using Jurisfy?
Jurisfy was launched in April of 2015, and is currently experiencing a monthly traffic of approximately 11 000 visitors which is steadily increasing, with close to 800 registered users growing at 15 to 20 new sign ups a week, and around 4000 address searches per month.

85% of the visitors are from law firms in Gauteng, and some of the most avid users are even the sheriffs themselves.

The service rarely has discrepancies with its data, oftentimes revealing a misunderstanding in jurisdiction by a sheriff's office.

To enjoy Jurisfy before it becomes a paid service, visit https://jurisfy.com, and click on one of the sign up links. You can contact the team at https://www.jurisfy.com/contact.

Comments   

0 #5 M Pearson 2018-09-17 11:03
That sounds good Ryk, looking forward to more on your solution.

Quoting Ryk Taljaard:
Hi Malcolm,
I had contact with you back in 2011 when you published this article of mine: https://www.tech4law.co.za/tech-advisor/86-efficient-practice/1638-detailed-cadastral-property-reports.
Regarding "Sheriff's and jurisdiction issues", the following:
Me and my partner in www.domicilium-trace.co.za have been battling for the last 4 years (full-time) and have recently completed, our digital spatial database (spatial map) of sheriff service areas for the whole country. This includes a process of daily checks on any (spacial/map) changes publicised in the Government Gazette, and then updating the existing spatial data. We make individual telephone contact with every sheriff office on a frequency of between 4 and 6 weeks, confirming what we refer to as attribute data (sheriff name, contact details, addresses, etc.). Although the map data is finalised and implementable, we are currently in the final stages of setting up our bulk geo-coding service. We will initially only focus on bulk processing of many (Domicilium address) records at a time. A next phase will be the development and implementation of an ad-hoc query system (web interface), allowing custom geo-coding of individual Domicilium addresses and then obtaining the relevant sheriff information for those individual addresses. We have also compiled (and keep updated) magisterial district boundaries, including the rationalisation there-of that have been started to be implemented in recent years. I would gladly provide more info on request
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+1 #4 Ryk Taljaard 2018-09-17 05:59
Hi Malcolm,
I had contact with you back in 2011 when you published this article of mine: https://www.tech4law.co.za/tech-advisor/86-efficient-practice/1638-detailed-cadastral-property-reports.
Regarding "Sheriff's and jurisdiction issues", the following:
Me and my partner in www.domicilium-trace.co.za have been battling for the last 4 years (full-time) and have recently completed, our digital spatial database (spatial map) of sheriff service areas for the whole country. This includes a process of daily checks on any (spacial/map) changes publicised in the Government Gazette, and then updating the existing spatial data. We make individual telephone contact with every sheriff office on a frequency of between 4 and 6 weeks, confirming what we refer to as attribute data (sheriff name, contact details, addresses, etc.). Although the map data is finalised and implementable, we are currently in the final stages of setting up our bulk geo-coding service. We will initially only focus on bulk processing of many (Domicilium address) records at a time. A next phase will be the development and implementation of an ad-hoc query system (web interface), allowing custom geo-coding of individual Domicilium addresses and then obtaining the relevant sheriff information for those individual addresses. We have also compiled (and keep updated) magisterial district boundaries, including the rationalisation there-of that have been started to be implemented in recent years. I would gladly provide more info on request
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0 #3 Malcolm Pearson 2018-06-01 10:36
Got feedback from Larry, one of the founders...

Hi Malcolm,

Firms will have to go back to the old way of finding sheriffs via
http://www.sheriffs.org.za/

Thanks,
Larry Botha
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0 #2 Malcolm Pearson 2018-05-31 15:12
Quoting Gitta:
What happened to this website www.jurisfy.com :( now I'm back to battling the Sheriff's and jurisdiction issues all by myself.


I'll see what I can find, and I will comment back here.
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0 #1 Gitta 2018-05-31 15:07
What happened to this website www.jurisfy.com :( now I'm back to battling the Sheriff's and jurisdiction issues all by myself.
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