oa Advocate - Dr M Bliss QC - Another facet of a distinguished lawyer

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8743



Ample tribute has already been paid to the late Dr Bliss (see De Rebus, September 1984: Bench and Bar edited by P M Bekker). Maurice (or Mosie as he was better known by his colleagues) practised at the Pretoria Bar from 1934 until his death on 14 June 1984 while sitting as an assessor in a criminal trial in the Supreme Court, Pretoria. During his extraordinarily long and distinguished career at the Bar, he was an acting judge on several occasions but was never permanently elevated to the Bench. He graduated from the University of Pretoria and went on to obtain a LLD degree from Leiden University. His thesis was entitled ""Belediging in die Suid-Afrikaanse reg"". It was remarkable in that it was one of the earliest legal theses in Afrikaans and also in that Afrikaans was not his mother tongue.

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