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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.

  • ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP

    CANDIDATE ATTORNEYS REGISTERING ARTICLES

    Contracts of articles of clerkship must be registered with the relevant statutory provincial law society where the firm is based. The LSSA wishes new candidate attorneys well. Read more here.

  • 2018 ADMISSION EXAMS

    2018 ADMISSION EXAM: REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 15 JANUARY 2018

    The Attorneys Admission Examination will be held on 6 and 7 February 2018 - view syllabus here. Register for the exam and confirm registration with your relevant provincial law society - Read more here.

FOR LEGAL PRACTITIONERS


 

LATEST ON THE LEGAL PRACTICE ACT

LSSA Co-Chairpersons, David Bekker and Walid Brown (above): 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.

The Legal Practice Amendment Act 16 of 2017 has been published in Government Gazette 41389 of 18 January 2018. Download the Act here.

The National Forum on the Legal Profession will hold its eleventh meeting on 27 January 2018. Read more here.
 

LATEST IN THE PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TOOLKIT:
POPI GUIDELINES

The primary purpose of the Protection of Personal Information for South African Law Firms - LSSA Guideline is to assist attorneys in their obligations to process personal information in their practices lawfully. This should be read with the Information Security for South African Law Firms - LSSA Guidelines .    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.

HOW TO BECOME AN ATTORNEY

The admission requirements for attorneys in South Africa are currently prescribed by the Attorneys Act, 1979 and the Rules promulgated in terms of the Act.

These are an academic qualification, service under articles of clerkship or service contract, compulsory practical legal training and personal fitness. All these have to be complied with before a candidate can be admitted as an attorney. Further, all persons wishing to enter the profession must pass the Attorneys’ Admission Examination.
Read more here.