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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
  • NATIONAL WILLS WEEK 2018

    ATTORNEYS DRAFT FREE WILLS FROM 17 TO 21 SEPTEMBER 2018

    During National Wills Week from 17 to 21 September 2018, attorneys will draft free basic wills for members of the public. Find a participating attorney near you and make an appointment. Read more here.

  • NEWS: LPC ELECTIONS

    VOTING PERIOD: 19 SEPTEMBER TO 3 OCTOBER 2018

    Voting for Council members for the Legal Practice Council opened on 19 September and closes at 12 noon on 3 October 2018. The lists of nominees (attorneys and advocates) standing for election to the Council, as well as their profiles, have been published. Read more.

  • ADMISSION EXAM

    ADMISSION EXAM TO BE REWRITTEN IN OCTOBER

    The Attorneys Admission Examinations written on 14 and 15 August 2018 have officially been declared invalid as a result of leaked examination papers. The exams will be rewritten on 15 and 16 October 2018. Please contact your provincial law society.

FOR LEGAL PRACTITIONERS

LATEST ON THE LEGAL PRACTICE ACT

20 September 2018: Voting for Council members for the Legal Practice Council opened on 19 September and closes at 12 noon on 3 October 2018. The lists of nominees (attorneys and advocates) standing for election to the Council, as well as their profiles, have been published. Voting can be carried out at any of the 74 polling stations, or alternatively, ballot papers can be sent via fast mail, courier and docex or hand delivered. Read about the voting process, access the profiles of candidates, download the ballot papers, the NF’s ‘How to vote’ communiqué and the list of voting stations here.

On 4 September 2018, Justice Minister, Adv Michael Masutha, together with the National Forum on the Legal Profession, announced the opening of the election process for Council members of the Legal Practice Council. The nomination period runs from 4 to 14 September 2018. Original, signed nomination forms must reach the election agency – EISA - as agent for the NF by midnight on 14 September 2018.
Read more on the nomination process here.

Read the guest editorial in the September 2018 issue of De Rebus:
Is the profession ready 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.

 

 

 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.
 

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.