In commenting on the Legal Practice Amendment Bill [B11-2017], the LSSA has called for the playing fields to be levelled between attorneys and advocates as regards right of appearance in the higher courts. Read more.
The Regional Court Presidents’ Forum has issued revised practice directives which apply to all Regional Courts. The 4th Revision of the Civil Practice Directives for the Regional Courts 2017 and the 5th Revision of the Criminal Practice Directives for the Regional Courts 2017 come into operation on 1 September 2017.
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 has received a further 3-month extension from the Minister until 31 October 2017 to finalise issues, such as practical vocational training for candidate legal practitioners, as well as the negotiations with the provincial law societies. Read more 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.
The LSSA has pointed out that some of the requirements allocated to conveyancers in the Bill, must rather be done through affidavits by the developer. Read more here. View other LSSA comments on draft legislation here.
During National Wills Week from 11 to 15 September 2017, attorneys across the country will draft basic wills free of charge. Read more 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.