Apply for your Fidelity Fund certificate before the end of the year. Find links, contact numbers; view the guidelines for online applications; application form; FAQs and read additional resource: The clock is ticking… time to start applying for FFCs. Read more here.
The Justice Department has announced that court-annexed mediation will be rolled out in courts in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North-West and Limpopo early in 2018. Practitioners are invited to apply and enrol to be on the Panel of Court-Annexed Mediators. Deadline: 19 January 2018. Read more here.
The Attorneys Admission Examination will be held on 6 and 7 February 2018 and again on 14 and 15 August 2018 - view syllabus. The Conveyanicng Examination will be on 9 May or 5 September 2018, and the Notarial Examnation on 20 June and 10 October 2018. Read more here.
The Justice Portfolio Committee adopted the Legal Practice Amendment Bill on 1 November 2017 and it was passed by the National Assembly on 14 November 2017. The Bill was passed by the National Council of Provinces on 5 December 2017 and has been sent to the President for assent. Read more here.
The National Forum held its tenth plenary meeting on 14 October 2017. It finalised its recommendations to the Justice Minister, but will request an extension for the rules as some of them relate to practical vocational training (PVT). The recommendations were handed to the Minister on 26 October 2017. Read more here.
The LSSA's Practice Management Toolkit features a compendium of practice management articles written by experts for De Rebus to support you in your practice.
Latest addition: Do all the services you provide fall within the ambit of the conduct of the profession? Access here.
Whether you have a claim or a defence against another person, our Small Clams Court information brochure will provide you with a simple guide
on how to utilise the Small Claims Court effectively. Available in English, isiZulu, isiXhosa, Afrikaans, Sesotho and Sepedi. Read more here.
The SAPS may give a person, who has been arrested on suspicion of a less serious crime, an option to pay an admission of guilt fine. Many people pay an admission of guilt fine so that they can be released from police custody – not knowing what it means and how it will affect them. Unfortunately, there are consequences to paying an admission of guilt fine which may haunt a person for many years to come. It is advisable first to speak to an attorney before you pay an admission of guilt fine. Download our brochure and read more here.
Legal Aid South Africa and attorneys in private practice provide pro bono (free) legal services to qualifying members of the public. Alternatively the attorneys’ profession offers a First Free Interview Scheme. Read more and get contact information
Attorneys are registered with the provincial law societies where they are based. Complaints must be lodged with the relevant law society. Check whether an attorney is in good standing, has a Fidelity Fund certificate, get contact information for complaints and read about your rights and responsibilities as the client of an attorney. Read more.