The Old Diocesan Issue5 Mar2020 - Page 50

Not just chair of the ODU
Standing Committee: Craig
Howie became Chief Justice
of South Africa’s Supreme
Court of Appeal in 2003.
There have been four OD Judges
President of the Cape High Court:
Sir Malcolm Searle (1875), FG
Gardiner (1892), PST Jones (1896)
and RPB Davis (1904). GJ Boyes
(1882), after whom Boyes Drive in
Muizenberg is named, was Chief
Magistrate of Cape Town. Other
judges were JT Molteno (1913), W
Pittman (1891), Sir Joseph Vintcent
(1877), Ivon Grindley-Ferris (1897),
ER Roper (1906), Norman Price
(1903), RB Howes (1905), REG
Rosenow (1910), HEP Watermeyer
(1928), DM Williamson (1945),
Louis Esselen (1946F) (a judge of
the Supreme Court), Zandy Bicket
(1973S), who is the judge in the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
in the US (and our columnist
on p50) and the late Michael
Stegmann (1952F).
Stegmann (see obituary on p79)
inherited some legal genes from
his two great-uncles who had
been Chief Justices (including Sir
Henry de Villiers, the first Chief
Justice of the Union of South
Africa). At Bishops, besides his
talents in the classroom and on
At its core, the law aims at higher ideals. For the
practitioner is an officer of court. The judge aims
to be a living embodiment of justice according
to law. The scholar pushes on legal knowledge
and imparts it to the next generation. Bishops
is doing its bit – and long may it continue.
the sports fields, he distinguished
himself in the leading role of a play
called The Amazing Dr Clitterhouse.
Along with his legal development,
he displayed his thespian abilities
at UCT and Oxford – talents that
are often shared by advocates
and university lecturers alike.
Returning to “the real world”
of South Africa (as he put it)
in 1961, he was later appointed
as a High Court judge in 1984.
Bishops’ most eminent
professor of law is, undoubtedly,
Tony Honoré (1938F), whose
obituary also appears in The
Old Diocesan Issue 4. Honoré,
at whose feet I was privileged
to sit as a postgraduate student
in 2006, taught law at Oxford
University for 70 years! He was an
internationally acclaimed scholar
in Roman Law, legal philosophy
and the law of trusts. Although a
long-standing fellow of All Souls
College and Regius Professor of
Civil Law, he was well known for

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