Timeframes for implementation of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014
(With acknowledgement to Jan Stemmett)
Please note: These are estimated timeframes which may change as the process develops.
Amended in view of the extension granted by the Minister until 31 January 2018 and the amendments in the Legal Practice Amendment Act.
31 October 2017 Recommendations submitted to the Minister in terms of s 97 (1)(a). View the recommendations here.
14 January 2018 National Forum Governance and Rules Committee finalises s 94 regulations and s 95 rules
18 January 2018 Legal Practcie Amendment Act 116 of 2017 gazetted in Government Gazette 41389. Download the Legal Practice Amendment Act.
27 January 2018 NF Plenary meeting to approved s 94 regulations and s 95 rules
January 2018 Draft Rules to be published by the National Forum (NF) in the Government Gazette, calling for public comments
31 January 2018 National Forum submits recommended regulations to the Minister in terms of s 94
February 2018 NF Exco and Justice Department finalise supply chain process for procuring an elections administration service provider
February 2018 Comment period fordraft rules published in January 2018, closes
March 2018 NF deliberates, reviews, amends and finalises s 95 Rules
April 2018 NF publishes final Rules in terms of s 95 in the Government Gazette
July 2018 The Minister publishes the Regulations in terms of s 109
July 2018 The President proclaims the coming into effect of Chapter 2 of the LPA in the Government Gazette
1 August 2018 Chapter 2 comes into effect – Call for nominations for legal practitioners to be elected to the LPC
August 2018 LPC nominations submissions close
September 2018 Ballot papers distributed and voting process begins
September 2018 Voting process closes. Counting and verification of votes begins
September 2018 LPC is announced
31 October 2018 Dissolution of the NF
31 October 2018 Dissolution of the statutory provincial law societies
31 October 2018 All other chapters of the LPA come into effect