oa De Rebus - LSSA hosts summit on briefing patterns : news
The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) held a summit on briefing patterns in the legal profession in Kempton Park on 31 March. Speakers at the summit included Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng; Justice Deputy Minister, John Jeffery; the Justice Department's Director- General, Nonkululeko Sindane; and senior lecturer at the University of South Africa and LSSA's independent consultant, Tsili Phooko. The 'legal' panel included Chairperson of the Johannesburg Bar Council, advocate Dali Mpofu SC, advocate Samantha Martin and attorneys Max Boqwana and Baitseng Rangata. Consumers of legal services were represented by Mohale Ralebitso of the Black Business Council and the Director-General. At the summit there was robust discussion around the equal distribution of legal work to attorneys and advocates. Delegates were also taken briefly through past and present discriminatory practices experienced by legal practitioners when it comes to the distribution of work and briefing. Delegates highlighted challenges faced by advocates and counsel in the execution of their work. The focus of the summit was to find solutions and to devise a monitoring mechanism that will ensure that the identified resolutions are implemented.
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