British South Africa Company: High Court of Southern Rhodesia

British South Africa Company

High Court of Southern Rhodesia

Under the Southern Rhodesia Order in Council of 1898 the judicial system was reorganised and the High Court of Matabeleland was reconstituted as the High Court of Southern Rhodesia with full jurisdiction, civil and criminal, over all persons and over all matters within Southern Rhodesia, subject to special provisions regarding native law and custom.

By High Commissioner’s Notice No. 20 of the 29 December 1898, the High Court of Southern Rhodesia was declared “open from and after the first day of January 1899.”

The High Commissioner’s Notice No. 24 of the 29 December 1898, Mr. Justice Joseph Vintcent was appointed Senior Judge and Mr. Justice John Philip Watermeyer was appointed a Puisne Judge of the High Court of Southern Rhodesia.

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