The LSSA is gravely disappointed at the unilateral decision by the Government to initiate South Africa’s withdrawal process from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court by executive act. This raises serious concerns about our Government’s interpretation of its commitment to fighting impunity. Read more.
Disturbed by the ongoing impasse and violence, the Council of the LSSA resolved to offer mediation services by experienced attorney mediators to all the parties involved in the education dispute. Read more.
The LSSA and LexisNexis joined forces to survey the attorneys' profession on current demographics, practice developments, briefing patterns and current and future trends. Read more and download the survey results.
The National Forum on the Legal Profession (NF) met for the sixth time on 3 September 2016. It discussed elections and the voters' rolls for attorneys and advocates; provincial councils and committees as well as the commencement of negotiations to transfer staff and assets from the statutory law societies to the Legal Practice Council. Read more.
Practitioners can apply for their 2017 FFCs from 1 October 2016. FFCs are issued by the Attorneys Fidelity Fund (AFF) through its appointed agencies, namely, the four statutory provincial law societies. The AFF's financial forensic unit exmplains how to apply. Read more.
From 1 February 2018 the legal profession in South Africa will be regulated in terms of the Legal Practice Act through the Legal Practice Council as the compulsory statutory, regulatory body for all legal practitioners. This necessitates the formation of a broad-based professional interest association – a new home for all legal practitioners. Read more.
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.