Recommendations to the Minister by the National Forum October 2017
Section 97(1)(a)(iii): The National Forum must make recommendations to the Minister on the composition, powers and functions of the Provincial Councils.
The National Forum recommends that:
3.1.1 The Provincial Councils of KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, Free State, Northern Cape, Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces should consist of ten Legal Practitioners each and that the Provincial Council of Gauteng province should consist of twelve Legal Practitioners.
3.1.2 The proportion of Attorneys and Advocates serving on each Provincial Council and the procedure for their election, are set out in Rule 16 of the draft Rules. Copies of draft Rule 16 and the draft ballot papers are contained in Appendix “C” hereto. The effect of Rule 16 is that the Provincial Councils will be composed as set out in the table below. In terms of Rule 16, 50% of the Legal Practitioners serving on each Provincial Council will be female and 50% will be male:
COMPOSITION OF PROVINCIAL COUNCILS
EC FS GP KZN LP MP NC NW WC
Attorneys – Black 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Attorneys - White 2 2 4 2 2 2 2 2 2
Advocates - Black 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Advocates - White 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Total practitioners 10 10 12 10 10 10 10 10 10
3.1.3 It is recommended that the powers and functions of the Provincial Councils should be as set out in the draft Regulation contained in Appendix “D” hereto.
3.2.1. The reason for these recommendations are that s109(1)(a) read with s97(1)(a)(iii) requires the Minister to make Regulations relating to the composition, powers and functions of Provincial Councils.
3.2.2. The number of Legal Practitioners who should serve on the Provincial Councils, is determined by the functions these Councils have to perform and by the need for them to be representative of race and gender as far as practicable.
3.3.1. If the recommendation is accepted, it is proposed that the Minister should issue the draft Regulation attached hereto as Appendix “D”, setting out the composition, powers and functions of the Provincial Councils, to give effect to the requirements of s109(1)(a) read with s97(1)(a)(iii).
The procedural requirements for the issuing of Regulations are set out in s94(2) & (3) and s109(1).
3.3.2. To enable the Council to function effectively, the Regulation(s) pertaining to this recommendation should become effective by the time Chapter 2 of the Act comes into operation in terms of s120(3), in order that the Legal Practice Council can establish the Provincial Councils, elections of Provincial Councils can be held and the Provincial Councils can be fully functional when s120(4) comes into operation.
3.4. ORGANISATIONAL AND PERSONNEL IMPLICATIONS
The proposed organisational structuring and personnel requirements of the Council and Provincial Councils as a whole are dealt with in Recommendation 8.
3.5. FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS
The proposed costing requirements of the Council and Provincial Councils as a whole and the proposed funding of these structures are dealt with in Recommendation 8.