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The Architects of the Mixed Legal System

Stephen D. Girvin

in Southern Cross

Published in print November 1996 | ISBN: 9780198260875
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682162 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260875.003.0004
The Architects of the Mixed Legal System

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The mixed system of law in South Africa owes a great deal to the judges appointed to administer justice, both in the pre-Union territories and colonies, and to those who have served on the bench since Union in 1910. The names of the most important judges appear throughout the contributions in this book, as do the courts to which they were appointed. For those not familiar with the South African legal system, the references to the courts and the judges in the pages that follow may be mystifying. This chapter provides an outline of the structure of the courts, both in the period before Union in 1910 and afterwards. The major part of the chapter is, however, devoted to a biographical introduction to the most important judges, placed in the context of the court(s) in which they served. The emphasis is on introducing those judges who served in the period up to 1961, but brief reference will also be made to those judges who have served on the Appellate Division since then.

Keywords: South African law; South African legal system; judges; courts

Chapter.  23567 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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