The falling away of the provincial law societies when the Legal Practice Act comes into operation, necessitates the formation of a broad-based professional interest association to serve as a new home for all legal practitioners. The LSSA is changing its constitution for this. Read more here.
The National Forum has announced the nems of the 10 attorneys and 6 advocates elected to the Legal Practice Council. Read more.
The LSSA has commended President Cyril Ramaphosa for setting up a panel of independent legal organisations to identify a suitable, fit and proper candidate for the position of NDPP. Read more.
8 October 2018: The names of the 10 attorneys and 6 advocates to serve on the Legal Practice Council have been announced by the National Forum as follows:
Attorneys: Miles Carter, Priyesh Daya, Krish Govender, Nolitha Jali, Noxolo Maduba, Hlahleleni Kathleen Matolo-Dlepu, Janine Myburgh, Trudie Nichols, Lutendo Sigogo and Jan Stemmett.
Advocates: Greg Harpur SC, Grace Goedhart SC, Ismail Jamie SC, Harshila Kooverjie SC, Vuyani Ngalwana SC and Anthea Platt SC.
Read more here Read the article on the announcement of the LPC council members in De Rebus here.
Read the guest editorial in the October 2018 issue of De Rebus:
Realistic timelines needed for the full implementation of the LPA Read here.
Memorandum: National Forum on the Legal Profession - Candidate Attorneys serving under articles of clerkship during transition to Legal Practice Council
The National Forum has provided a guidance memorandum to candidate attorneys currently serving under articles of clerkship and who seek guidance on what their position will be after s 120(4) of the Legal Practice Act comes into force.
Download the memorandum 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.
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.
Although you can claim direct from the Road Accident Fund (RAF) if you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, an attorney specialising in personal injury claims has the knowledge and experience to assist you and to ensure that your claim is properly calculated and submitted to the RAF in accordance with the Road Accident Fund Act and Regulations. Read more.