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Fundamina

On-line version ISSN 2411-7870
Print version ISSN 1021-545X

Abstract

VAN NIEKERK, JP. The life and times of Cape Advocate Dirk Gysbert Reitz: a biographical note. Fundamina (Pretoria) [online]. 2016, vol.22, n.2, pp.310-346. ISSN 2411-7870.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2411-7870/2016/v22n2a8.

Dirk Gysbert Reitz was born in Cape Town in 1796 and died in the East Indies in 1853. An advocate at the Cape bar in the early 1820s, he emigrated to Batavia where he pursued a successful legal and judicial career. Through his life, we are afforded a snapshot of the state of law and legal administration and practice in two Roman-Dutch jurisdictions, the one by then a British and the other still a Dutch colony.

Keywords : Reitz family; Cape bar and bench in the 1820s; Batavian legal and judicial history; Orphan Chamber.

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