oa De Rebus - A challenge to the perception that academic standards are declining

Volume 1998, Issue 360
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



Two recent statements made by high court judges have prompted me to challenge the view that academic and intellectual standards are declining. The first is the following statement made by Van der Walt DJP in Aarons v Law Society of Transvaal (Society of Advocates of Witwatersrand Intervening) 1997 (3) A 750* at 758G-H. 'There is a lowering of academic standard of practitioners but there can never be and there must never be any compromise on the standard of honesty and integrity required of practitioners and officers of this court.

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