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.
The LSSA has called for higher standard of ethics and accountability for public officials. It is only by raising these ethical standards that we will be successful at rooting out the corruption that has taken root within our state entities. Read more here.
The National Forum has published the Legal Practice Council Rules that will apply to legal practitioners once the LPC comes into operation. Deadline for comment is 5 March. Download the rules for comment here.
LSSA Co-Chairpersons, David Bekker and Walid Brown: 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 National Forum on the Legal Profession held its eleventh meeting on 27 January 2018. The South African Legal Practice Council Rules have been gazetted for comment by 5 March 2018. Read more here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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