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Ex parte Somers (1927) 48 NPD 1: A story of racial exclusion in the South African legal profession, pgs 219-244

Volume: Volume 23 - 2019

Article type: Refereed article

Author/s: Lutchman, Salona

The article critically examines the judgment in ex parte Somers (1927) 48 NPD 1 from both a legal and personal perspective. The judgment details the case of an Indian South African who requested the Court to grant his admission as a candidate attorney. The Court refused his application on the basis that he could not complete the set of courses required by the Supreme Court Rules, as his admission to Natal University College had been denied. Without detailing the reasons for the College’s refusal, the Court reinforced the College’s racial discriminatory policies. The article examines the judgment from two perspectives: courtrooms as a space of protest; and racial exclusion at law schools and the legal profession.

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Salona Lutchman

Salona Lutchman is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3553-5438

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