Judge John Hlophe has failed to make the list of seven judges recommended for the Constitutional Court by the Judicial Service Commission.
The seven judges, three of whom are women, are Sisi Khampepe of the Johannesburg high court, Mandisa Maya and Chris Jafta of the Supreme Court of Appeals, Leona Theron of the KwaZulu-Natal high court, Judge President of the Labour Appeal Court Raymond Zondo, Judge President of the North West high court Mogoeng Mogoeng, and Johan Froneman of the Eastern Cape high court.
The final decision on the four judges to get the jobs will be made by President Jacob Zuma.
Judge Maya, the third most senior woman judge in the country, said she believed the Concourt was the custodian of the Constitution.
"It would be a special opportunity to be one of the custodians of the Constitution," she said.
Maya holds an LLB degree from the University of Natal and started her career as a court interpreter and was later promoted to prosecutor, a job she did for only seven months before being awarded a bursary to further her studies in the US.
In 1994 she opened her own practice and was invited to act as a judge in the high court. She was appointed to the SCA in 2006.
Judge Khampepe is famous for her rallying against the disbanding of the Scorpions during the commission of inquiry she chaired in 2006.
Judge Theron, the youngest of all candidates at 42 years, was at one point during the interview asked if she did not think she was young for the Concourt.
She has a master's degree from Georgetown University in the US. She has been a judge in the KwaZulu-Natal high court since 1999.
Judge Jafta has had a stint as acting judge in the Concourt. He was one of two judges who laid a complaint with the JSC against Judge Hlophe.
Judge Zondo said his appointment to the Concourt would be an advantage since he would bring his expertise in labour law.