Judge Jan Hendrik Steyn

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Judge Jan Hendrik Steyn

Also Known As: "Judge Jan Steyn", "Regter Jan Steyn"
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Birthplace: Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Death: December 30, 2013 (85)
Constantia, Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Son of Ds Hendrik Pieter Marthinus Steyn and Zerilda Steyn
Husband of Audrey Joan Steyn and Ann Steyn
Father of Private; Private; Private and Private

Occupation: Judge / Regter
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About Judge Jan Hendrik Steyn

"After matriculating at Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck in Cape Town, Steyn graduated in law at Stellenbosch. He started practice at the Cape bar in 1950, after clerking for the later chief justice Newton Ogilvie Thompson. The early years were not easy. He lectured part-time at Stellenbosch and Cape Town universities, wrote for the Cape Times and did law reporting for Juta & Co, to keep the wolf from the door.

Aged 36, he became one of the youngest judges in South Africa’s history when he was appointed to the Cape bench.

Almost immediately he was drawn into what became the focus of his life. His interest in law was not for law’s sake; throughout his life it was for what law could do. He adhered to the aphorism that civilisation in a society is marked by the way it treats its criminals. He abhorred corporal punishment, especially when imposed for transgressions of prison rules. He felt strongly that bail should be fixed with proper regard for an accused’s means, to avoid breadwinners languishing in jail when they could remain in employment.

Steyn was concerned that future lawyers should know the social realities outside panelled courtrooms. In his years at the Cape High Court he assiduously took university students to see prisons from the inside.

Steyn delighted in his friends, and especially the seven children, 15 grandchildren and a great-grandchild he shared with Ann, scattered from Hong Kong to Switzerland. Together they had tumultuous family holidays, where they revelled in his ebullience and warmth. All seven children, six spouses, 15 grandchildren "en vyf partners van die kleinkinders" celebrated his 80th birthday in a villa in Hvar, Croatia."

Extracts taken from http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/2014/01/02/judge-jan-steyn-remembered-a-great-son-of-south-africa

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Steyn http://maroelamedia.co.za/blog/nuus/hooggeregshofregter-jan-steyn-sterf/ http://www.beeld.com/nuus/2014-01-01-ng-lof-vir-regter-jan-steyn-se-bydrae https://blogs.sun.ac.za/fvzs/2014/01/08/hamba-kahle-regter-jan-steyn/ http://whoswho.co.za/jan-steyn-3430 www.sabar.co.za/law-journals/.../2008-august-vol021-no2-pp4-5.pdf‎

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Judge Jan Hendrik Steyn's Timeline

1928
March 4, 1928
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Baptismal record gives date of birth and names of parents "South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 ," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VFRB-KKB : 8 November 2017), Zerilda Minnaar in entry for Jan-Hendrik Steijn, 06 May 1928, Baptism; citing p. , Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, State Archives, Cape Province; FHL microfilm 2,214,208.

May 6, 1928
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Baptismal record "South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 ," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VFRB-KKB : 8 November 2017), Zerilda Minnaar in entry for Jan-Hendrik Steijn, 06 May 1928, Baptism; citing p. , Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, State Archives, Cape Province; FHL microfilm 2,214,208.

2013
December 30, 2013
Age 85
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa