One of the issues highlighted during the recent public hearings on the Legal Practice Bill (B20 of 2012) was the standard of quality in the legal profession, which is intrinsically tied to the current debate on the value of the LLB degree.
A new practice manual for the Labour Court came into effect on 1 April. The manual was modelled on similar ones that apply in various divisions of the High Court and it sets out guidelines on the standards of conduct expected of those who practise in the court.
The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has overturned a North Gauteng High Court order declaring that the President had no power in terms of s 84(2)(k) of the Constitution to confer senior counsel (SC), or 'silk', status on advocates.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal was the subject of a recent colloquium hosted by the SADC Lawyers' Association (SADC LA) and the SADC Community Council of Non-Governmental Organizations (SADC - CNGO).
On 4 and 5 April the Lex Informatica 2013: Cyber Law, ICT Law and Information Ethics Conference was held in Pretoria. Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Andries Nel, gave a keynote address at the conference on the topic 'Advancement of cyber law in Africa and globally'.
Many people, including attorneys, are often looking for better ways to conduct their day-to-day business. One of the tools to achieve this is knowledge management, which was the topic of the recent Janders Dean's Legal Knowledge and African Innovation Conference - Africa, which was held in Johannesburg on 15 March.
This month De Rebus news editor Nomfundo Manyathi-Jele spoke to the former chairperson and current convenor of the Public Relations Committee of the Johannesburg Attorneys Association (JAA), Jacques Tarica, about the association.
The Road Accident Fund (Transitional Provisions) Act 15 of 2012 (the transitional Act) came into operation with effect from 13 February 2013. The transitional Act was introduced to address the Constitutional Court judgment in Mvumvu and Others v Minister of Transport and Another 2011 (2) SA 473 (CC).
Following the public hearings on the Legal Practice Bill (B20 of 2012) in February, on 19 and 20 March the Justice Department (the department) presented its responses to the public's oral and written submissions on the Bill to the Justice Portfolio Committee (the committee). This is a summary of the department's presentation to the committee.
Attorneys are often faced with the difficult choice of whether to institute legal proceedings by application on notice of motion supported by affidavits, or by summons initiating action or trial proceedings.