oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - Chief Justice Hodges : a note from England

Volume 14 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1021-545X
  • E-ISSN: 2411-7870



This article shows that the standard accounts of the life of Chief Justice Hodges in England before he arrived in the Cape in 1858 are inaccurate and unsatisfactory. It sets out the correct story, including an interesting but forgotten incident in Cornwall in 1839; it descriptionbes circuit life in mid-nineteenth century England, including the little known institution of the revising barrister; and it illustrates the difficulties and dangers of basing biographies on obituaries, particularly when the information in the obituary has been supplied at an earlier stage by the deceased himself, so that he has in effect written his own obituary.

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