Registration is now open - Lawyers from the SADC region will meet and network in Cape Town from 17 to 19 August 2016 at the SADCLA annual conference and general meeting hosted by the SADC Lawyers Association and the LSSA. Read more.
Includes the Attorneys Fidelity Fund Professional Indemnity Insurance Scheme for 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017; RAF matters: Adjustment of statutory limit for loss of income/loss of support as at 30 April 2016; changing rates of interest in terms of the Prescribed Rate of Interest Act, 1975. Download here.
The LSSA has expressed alarm at developments at the SABC over the past few weeks and the resignation of Acting CEO Jimi Matthews. Senior and respected editors and journalists appear to be increasingly ventilating their concerns regarding the negative atmosphere in newsrooms. Read press release.
The National Forum on the Legal Profession (NF) met for the fifth time on 23 April 2016. It passed resolutions on the number of provincial councils to be established under the Legal Practice Council. An initial blueprint of the powers that could be delegated was also approved. Read more
The Criminal Matters Amendment Act 2015 18 of 2015 comes into operation on 1 June 2016. The Act provides for stricter measures relating to bail and sentencing in respect of essential infrastructure-related offences and also creates a new offence in this regard.
Read more and download the Act and proclamation.
Customary law e-course: 4-month online course on written and unwritten customary law rules. R800 only. Read more and register before 8 July 2016.
Introduction to medical law e-course: 2-month online course on the basic principles of medical law, specifically medical negligence. R850. Read more and register before 5 August 2016.
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
Claiming from the RAF is a complicated and technical process. You will need medical reports and records from hospitals and doctors, documents from the SAPS, affidavits on the accident. You must quantify your claim and obtain a serious injury assessment report from a suitably qualified medical expert. An attorney can assist to ensure you are fairly compensated. Download brochure for more.