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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
  • GUIDELINE FOR LAW FIRMS

    PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION GUIDELINE

    The LSSA's Protection of Personal Information Guideline for Law Firms aims  to assist attorneys to familiarise themselves with their obligations to process personal information in their practices lawfully. Read more here.

  • EVENTS

    V BRICS LEGAL FORUM 2018  

    The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) is hosting the prestigious two-day V BRICS Legal Forum. It will be held in Cape Town in August. Read more here.

  • NATIONAL WILLS WEEK

    REGISTRATION FOR ATTORNEYS OPEN

    Practising attorneys are invited to register to participate in this year's National Wills Week, which will take place from 17 to 21 September 2018. Registration closes on 29 June 2018. Attorneys: Cick here to register online.

FOR LEGAL PRACTITIONERS

LATEST ON THE LEGAL PRACTICE ACT

The National Forum urgently requests all advocates NOT affiliated to GCB/AFT, NBCSA & NFA who have been admitted as such in terms of the Admission of Advocates Act, 1964 to complete a registration form and return it, together with a certified copy of the order of court admitting the individual concerned and ID copy to Executive Officer NF or by email to advocateinfo@nf.co.za or fax to 086 6428567 by 23 July 2018. Download the notice and form here.

A united profession is stronger than the sum of its separate groupings
The year 2018 will finally bring to life the Legal Practice Council with the start of a new regulatory dispensation for the profession. It will be momentous as, for the first time, legal practitioners will be governed by a single, national regulatory body, as the Legal Practice Act is intended to restructure the profession from a regulatory perspective

As much as the above is important, it does not address all that is required for the profession to be effective. As a unified entity we will be stronger than the sum of our separate interest organisations. Legal practitioners will need a unified home – parallel to the LPC, not competing with it but complementing it – where their interests and concerns are attended to. Read more 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.

GET LEGAL ASSISTANCE

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

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.