|LSSA briefing pattern action group forges links with Justice Department, judiciary and SASSETA
The LSSA Briefing Pattern Action Group has been set up to implement the resolutions from the LSSA Summit on Briefing Patterns.
Justice Department Director General Vusi Madonsela attended a meeting of the Briefing Patterns Action Group, coordinated by the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA), at the end of September 2016. Fruitful discussions were followed by a commitment to close cooperation between the Action Group and the Justice Department, particularly as regards the sharing of relevant information and input into various policies and protocols that are being drafted by the parties.
Representatives of the Action Group had met earlier with Judge President Dunstan Mlambo to engage on the important perspectives of the judiciary regarding briefing patterns in the courts. The Judge President provided important insight into trends in representation in the Gauteng courts. Action Group representatives also met with the Administrator of the Safety and Security Seta (SASSETA), Jennifer Irish-Qhobosheane, to discuss access to research and funding. A workshop was planned for October, to agree a framework for cooperation between the SASSETA and the Action Group.
LSSA Briefing Pattern Action Group members were joined at their meeting in September by Justice Department Director General Vusi Madonsela. Front: Anthea Platt SC; Mr Madonsela; LSSA Co-Chairperson Mvuzo Notyesi; action group chairperson Busani Mabunda; LSSA CEO Nic Swart, and back, Ismael Semenya SC, Richard Scott, Varsha Sewlall from the Justice Department; briefing pattern action group project leader Dr Tsili Phooko; and LEAD senior manager Ogilvie Ramoshaba.
Dion Masher, Thandi Norman SC and Sam Mufamadi SC were not able to attend the meeting, but are also members of the action group.