An independent whistle-blowing line, email and sms facility has been created for reporting any information relating to the leakage of the attornys admission examination papers. Read more here.
The Legal Practice Council has announced that the Code of Conduct, and therefore the new robing provisions contained in it, are not yet in force. Read LPC notification here.
The LSSA continues into the Legal Practice Act dispensation as a voluntary, representative, professional interest body for attorneys whereas the Legal Practice Council is the satutory regulatory body. Read press release
View our Frequently Asked Questions from practitioners here. If you have a question on the Legal Practice Act, please direct it to LSSA@LSSA.org.za.
Proclamation 42003 Legal Practice Act (28/2014) gazetted on 29 October proclaimed 31 October 2018 as the date the Legal Practice Council comes into operation). 1 November 2018 was proclaimed as the date on which the rest of the LPA, with the exclusion of certain sections, came into operation. At its first meeting, the LPC elected Johannesburg attorney Kathleen Matolo-Dlepu and Johannesburg advocate Anthea Platt SC as Chairperson and Deputy-Chairperson respectively.
1 November 2018 saw the repeal of the Attorneys Act, 1979 and the abolition of the statutory provincial law societies. The LPC took over the law societies’ staff and assets and commenced to regulate the profession. The s 94 Regulations have also been gazetted. Read advisory 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.
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.
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.
Although you can claim direct from the Road Accident Fund (RAF) if you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, an attorney specialising in personal injury claims has the knowledge and experience to assist you and to ensure that your claim is properly calculated and submitted to the RAF in accordance with the Road Accident Fund Act and Regulations. Read more.