19 S. African L.J. 101 (1902)
Sir Michael H. Gallwey

handle is hein.journals/soaf19 and id is 117 raw text is: SOUTH AFRICAN
LAW JOURNAL,
SIR MICHAEL H. GALLWEY.
Sir Michael Henry Galiwey, K.C., -K.C.M.G., who recently
resigned the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of
the Colony of Natal, has, for a period of nearly forty-four years,
been identified with the Government and institutions of that
Colony. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, he became a
Barrister of King's Inn, in Trinity term 1853, and joined the
Munster Circuit. In the year 1857 he was offered, and accepted,
the appointment of Attorney-General of the Colony of Natal, and
as such became a member of the Executive Council, and also of
the Legislative Council, which came into being under the pro-
visions of the Royal Charter of 1856. By virtue of his office
he became the administrative head of the departments of
justice for nearly a third of a century, until on the death of Sir
Henry Conner in 1890, he succeeded to the appointment of
Chief Justice, from which after eleven years' service he retired in
August, 1901.
Sir Michael's position and duties have made his labours a
part of the history of Natal. As the officer intrusted with the
duty of controlling prosecutions and directing the administration
of criminal justice, he was a merciful and fair prosecutor. As
the legal adviser of the Government he brought to bear upon the
consideration of all questions a ripe knowledge of Constitutional
law, and a careful study of precedents. As the leader of the Bar
he ever was an example to those who, following in his footsteps,
could not fail to note the application of those methods of study
and of procedure which had distinguished him in his practice at
the Irish Bar. The members of the legal profession in Natal
have all learnt something of his methods, and have all had oc-
V9l. Xix, 1902.                                      N

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