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  • COMMITTED TO BUILDING A BETTER LEGAL PROFESSION FOR ALL
  • COMMITTED TO BUILDING A BETTER LEGAL PROFESSION FOR ALL
  • COMMITTED TO BUILDING A BETTER LEGAL PROFESSION FOR ALL
  • COMMITTED TO BUILDING A BETTER LEGAL PROFESSION FOR ALL
  • RULES BOARD SEEKS COMMENTS ON FEES

    COMMENTS SOUGHT ITO S 35 OF LEGAL PRACTICE ACT NEW FEES REGIME

    The Rules Board’s seeks comments before 13 August 2018 on its proposals for tariffs for litigious and non-litigious fees for all legal practitioners (attorneys and advocates) ito s35(1) of the Legal Practice Act. Read more here.

  • EVENTS

    V BRICS LEGAL FORUM 2018  

    The LSSA is hosting the prestigious two-day V BRICS Legal Forum. It will be held in Cape Town from 23-24 August. The conference sessions are divided into four streams covering Arbitration, Contracts and Company Law, Taxation, Processes and functioning of the BRICS Dispute Resolution Centres.  Read more here.

  • ADVISORY

    CYBERCRIME ADVISORY: BUSINESS eMAIL COMPROMISES

    This advisory is aimed at attorneys ensuring that their clients are aware of the risk of a potential fraud with a view to their not falling victims to BEC fraud and in order for attorneys to fulfil their duty of care to clients by making them aware of the potential risk. Read advisory here.

FOR LEGAL PRACTITIONERS

LATEST ON THE LEGAL PRACTICE ACT

The Rules Board for Courts of Law has issued the attached notice, calling on interested parties to comment on the Rules Board’s plan to issue a tariff for litigious and non-litigious fees all legal practitioners (admitted and enrolled attorneys and advocates) may charge, in terms of s35(1) of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014.

Please note that comments should be submitted to the Rules Board by 13 August 2018. Contact: Charmaine Kemp on ChKemp@justice.gov.za.  Further enquiries may be directed to +27 (0)12 326-8014

A united profession is stronger than the sum of its separate groupings
The year 2018 will finally bring to life the Legal Practice Council with the start of a new regulatory dispensation for the profession. It will be momentous as, for the first time, legal practitioners will be governed by a single, national regulatory body, as the Legal Practice Act is intended to restructure the profession from a regulatory perspective

As much as the above is important, it does not address all that is required for the profession to be effective. As a unified entity we will be stronger than the sum of our separate interest organisations. Legal practitioners will need a unified home – parallel to the LPC, not competing with it but complementing it – where their interests and concerns are attended to. Read more here.

 

 FOR THE PUBLIC

THE SMALL CLAIMS COURT: A FREE OPTION

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.

ADMISSION OF GUILT FINES: SHOULD YOU JUST PAY?

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.

GET LEGAL ASSISTANCE

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

COMPLAINTS ABOUT ATTORNEYS

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.