Presented by the Mail & Guardian and LSSA in Johannesburg on 29 September, the conference will consider the future of the legal profession and law firms in South Africa amidst disruption, innovation and change. Read more here.
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 Guidelines for the Commissioners of the Small Claims Courts are currently being updated. The Justice Department has called for inputs and comments on the draft guidelines by Monday, 16 October 2017. Download the draft guidelines 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's Practice Management Toolkit features a compendium of practice management articles written by experts for De Rebus to support you in your practice.
Latest addition: Do all the services you provide fall within the ambit of the conduct of the profession? Access here.
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.
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.