Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs John Jeffery has indicated that practitioners can alert his office with regard to problems relating to sheriffs and also to the functioning of the courts. Read more.
The Proxi Smart v Law Society of South Africa and Others matter has been set down for hearing in the High Court: Gauteng as a special motion on 6 to 8 February 2018. The LSSA's papers, as well as those from some of the other parties can be accessed. Read more. NEW: LSNP Affidavit now available. View here.
The SALRC has released Issue Paper 33 on medico-legal claims, especially claims against the State, for general information and comment. The deadline for comment is 30 September 2017. Read more and download Issue Paper 33 here.
The National Forum on the Legal Profession held its ninth plenary meeting on 30 July 2017. A number of aspects were finalised for recommendation to the Minister on 1 August. Some issues, such as practical vocational training for candidate legal practitioners, have not been agreed on. Read more here.
The Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014 has been translated into Afrikaans and Setswana. View the Wet op Regspraktyk and the Lokwalodikgang La Puso here.
The Procurement Protocols for the Legal Profession drafted by the Action Group on Briefing Patterns, were launched on 28 June 2017. View more on the briefing pattern initiative here. View the law firms that have committed to the Procurement Protocols 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.