With the passing of the Legal Aid Act 1969, legal aid in South Africa enters an important new phase. As a matter of fact, legal aid in the sense of an organised effort on the, part of the State to meet the need for legal services of those who can not afford to pay for those services themselves"" has hitherto hardly existed. Neither the in forma pauperis scheme nor the pro deo defences provided by the State for those charged with capital offences fall within the ambit of this definition. The in forma pauperis scheme ,benefits only a very small proportion of indigent persons and it provides for representation in civil litigation only. In any event, the State makes no contribution to the aid thus provided and the whole financial burden of providing the aid falls on the shoulders of the legal profession alone, The pro deo scheme on the other hand is based on an entirely different concept and should not be confused with, or even regarded as legal aid. Pro deo representation is provided by the State in order that no man, whether he be rich or poor, shall stand trial for his life without the opportunity of being represented by counsel.
In the United States organized legal aid is provided very largely by full-time paid legal staff, for example, the staffs of Legal Aid Societies. About 90% of the money spent on legal aid comes from charitable sources, including donations made by lawyers.
No one who knew the late Mr. ""Sam"" Ellman, for a number of years Assistant Magistrate at Cape Town, could fail to have been captivated by his genial personality. Possessed of a fund of general knowledge, and gifted, moreover, with the keenest sense of humour, ""Sam"" (as he was affectionately known to his many friends) was the most entertaining of company.
Dit hinder my al lankal dat wanneer 'n lid van ons professie trustgeld misbruik het en hy sy verdiende straf ontvang daar in die pers sulke gloeiende verslae daar van gegee word, en niks verder gesê word nie. Die publiek word wetens of onwetens gelaat om te dink aan die prokureurs in die algemeen as 'n onvertroubare groep mense, wat liewer maar moet vermy word.
Die aandag van alle prokureurs wat agente is van Assuransiemaatskappye wat Iede is van die Derdeparty Konsortium, word op die volgende gevestig: Agente word aangestel kragtens die ""eenvormige agentskapsooreenkoms"" om namens die maatskappy derdeparty-assuransiebesigheid te werf.
The post of state messenger which had been in existence in the larger centres has now been abolished and contract messengers have been appointed in all those magisterial districts previously served by state messengers viz. Belville, Benoni, Cape Town, Durban, East London, Germiston, Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Wynberg. All the magisterial districts in the country now have contract messengers.