oa De Rebus - A challenge to the perception that academic standards are declining
|Article Title||A challenge to the perception that academic standards are declining|
|© Publisher:||Law Society of South Africa|
|Affiliations||1 University Inside front cover the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.|
|Publication Date||Jan 1998|
|Pages||23 - 24|
|Keyword(s)||Declining academic and intellectual standards, Honesty and integrity and Practitioners and officers of court|
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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