Judge Patricia Goliath was born and raised in Cape Town. She holds a BA LLB degree from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and a LLM at the University of Cape Town, (UCT). She also holds a Certificate in Labour Law (UCT) and a Diploma in Insolvency Law and Practice (UP). She served on the Executive Committee of the Salvation Army in Cape Town and was actively involved in progressive legal organizations Nadel and BLA. She has served in the Cape Law Society on the Criminal Law and Pro Bono Committee and also served as an Examiner for the Attorneys Admission Examination. Judge Goliath has published in De Rebus, a legal journal and has written on topics ranging from Prisoners of War, Juvenile Sentencing, Gun Control and Human Trafficking. In 2006 she was permanently appointed as Judge of the High Court in the Western Cape and is a long standing member of the South Africa Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges In 2016, Judge Goliath was permanently appointed as Deputy Judge President in the Western Cape and, in 2018, she was appointed as Acting Judge at the Constitutional Court of South Africa.