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VAN NIEKERK, JP. An introduction to South African law reports and reporters, 1828 to 1910. Fundamina (Pretoria) [online]. 2013, vol.19, n.1, pp. 106-145. ISSN 2411-7870.
As a source of law, judicial decisions stand central in any legal system that applies the doctrine of precedents. South African law is such a system. This article traces the publication of the pre-Union decisions of the various courts functioning in the region. The published reports were unofficial and the result of private initiatives. Some biographical information is also provided of those who compiled these reports, South Africa's early law reporters.