Henry Juta

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Henry Herbert Juta
Judge of the Appellate Division of South Africa
In office
Prime MinisterJan Smuts
Judge President of the Cape Provincial Division
In office
Preceded byChristian Maasdorp
Succeeded bySir John Gilbert Kotzé
Speaker of the Cape House of Assembly
In office
Prime MinisterGordon Sprigg
Preceded bySir David Tennant
Succeeded bySir Bisset Berry
Personal details
Born(1857-08-12)12 August 1857
Cape Town, Cape Colony
Died16 May 1930(1930-05-16) (aged 72)
Battle, Sussex, England
NationalitySouth African
Helen Lena Tait
(m. 1883)
Parent(s)Jan Carel Juta
Louise Marx
RelativesKarl Marx (uncle)
Heinrich Marx (grandfather)
Henriette Pressburg (grandmother)
Laura Marx (cousin)
Eleanor Marx (cousin)
Jenny Longuet (cousin)
Anton Philips (second cousin)
Gerard Philips (second cousin)

Sir Henry Herbert Juta (12 August 1857 – 16 May 1930) was a South African judge who served as Speaker of the Cape House of Assembly, Judge President of the Cape Provincial Division and judge of the South African Appellate Division.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Juta attended the South African College in Cape Town from 1868 to 1874, where he matriculated with distinction. He obtained a BA degree in 1876 and then went to the University of London, gaining a LLB with honours. He became a member of the Inner Temple in January 1880.[2]


Juta returned to Cape Town and was admitted to the bar on 14 September 1880. He had a busy practice and also served as an examiner for the University of the Cape of Good Hope. In 1892 he served as an acting judge in Griqualand West and in 1893 he entered politics.[2]

He served as MLA for Oudtshoorn from 1893 to 1898, and briefly in 1894, as Attorney General for the second government of Prime Minister Cecil Rhodes. He also took silk in 1893 and in 1896 became speaker of the legislative assembly. He was knighted in the 1897 Diamond Jubilee Honours.[3] In 1899 he became MLA for Port Elizabeth, a constituency he represented until 1907.

In late 1902 he visited the United Kingdom with his family.[4] Juta was appointed Judge President of the Cape Provincial Division in September 1914 and in 1920 he was appointed Judge of the Appeal Court. He resigned in 1923 and settled with his wife in Europe.[2]


Juta was born in South Africa to Jan Carel Juta and Louise Marx and baptised into the Dutch Reformed Church.[5] He was a nephew of Karl Marx. His parents together founded the publishing house Juta and Company.[6]

In 1883, he married Helen Lena Tait and they had four daughters and one son.[7] The eldest daughter, Helen (1886–1952), married the English composer John David Davis in 1919 [citation needed] and their son Jan married Alice Ford Huntington, daughter of American tennis player Bob Huntington and sister of Helen Dinsmore Huntington of the Huntington family.


  1. ^ Zimmermann, Reinhard; Visser, Daniel (1996). Southern Cross: Civil Law and Common Law in South Africa. Cape Town: Juta.
  2. ^ a b c de Kock, W. J. (1968). Dictionary of South African biography: Vol I. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council. pp. 418–419.
  3. ^ Who Was Who Volume III (1929-1940). Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781408193372.
  4. ^ "Court Circular". The Times. No. 36882. London. 25 September 1902. p. 7.
  5. ^ South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers, 1660-1970
  6. ^ Juta Publishing into the Nineties. 1853–1990. 137 Years of publishing. Kapstadt 1990 (mit Bildern von J. C. Juta und Louise Juta).
  7. ^ De Kock, Wessel (2007). The house of Juta. Cape Town, South Africa: Juta. p. 95. ISBN 978-0-620-31341-4. OCLC 212406551.