oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - The judicial officers of the Transvaal High Court, 1877- 1881 - research

Volume 25 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1021-545X
  • E-ISSN: 2411-7870



The Transvaal High Court was established in 1877. This was during the British annexation of the Transvaal (or Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek), which ended in 1881 with the signing of the Pretoria and (and later) London Conventions. The first judge of this court, John Gilbert Kotzé, reported some of the judgements of this court for the period from 1877 to 1881, where he also mentions the names of the persons appointed as judicial officers of the court. This contribution takes a closer look at the official opening of the court and at the various persons who served the court during this period either as members of the bench, or in the capacity of Attorney General or of Registrar and Master.

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