Personal details

Barend Rudolph du Plessis was born in Pretoria on 11 March 1947. He married his wife, Maria, in 1971 and the couple has five adult daughters. The couple lives in Pretoria.


Du Plessis matriculated at the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool, Pretoria in 1964. He studied at the University of Pretoria from 1966 to 1970 and was awarded the LLB-degree at the beginning of 1971.

Professional history

After serving as a candidate attorney, Du Plessis was in 1974 admitted as an attorney of the Transvaal Provincial Division of the High Court. He practiced as an attorney for two years and was then, in 1975, admitted as an advocate. He joined the Pretoria Bar where he practiced as junior counsel until 1987 when he took silk. He practiced as senior counsel until his appointment as a judge in 1989.
In 1987 and in 1988, Du Plessis held acting appointments as a judge for respectively two months and one month. On 1 December 1989 he was permanently appointed as a judge of the Transvaal Provincial Division of the High Court, stationed in Pretoria. He still holds that appointment.
Du Plessis held acting appointments in the Labour Appeal Court and in the Constitutional Court. He also held an acting appointment in the High Court of Namibia, ad hoc for a specific case.

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