Law Society of South Africa: Latest Developments of the Bill – January 2012

Section 96 (1)(a)(i) of the LPA stipulates how the nominations must be made by the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA):
National Forum on Legal Profession
96. (1) A National Forum on the Legal Profession (hereafter referred to as the ‘‘National Forum’’) is hereby established as a body corporate with full legal capacity
and comprising of the following members:
(a) 16 legal practitioners, namely—
(i) eight attorneys designated by the Law Society of South Africa, two of which represent the Black Lawyers Association, two of which represent the National Association of Democratic Lawyers, one of which represents the Law Society of the Cape of Good Hope, one of which
represents the Law Society of the Orange Free State, one of which represents the Law Society of the Transvaal and one of which represents the Natal Law Society; …’

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Update on the Legal Practice Bill – November 2011

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The justice and constitutional development minister, Jeff Radebe, has expressed his desire that the Legal Practice Bill be tabled in Parliament before the end of this year.

He revealed this in a written reply to a parliamentary question.

The minister added that he hoped that deliberations on the bill could commence “in earnest” at the start of the 2012 parliamentary year.

He confirmed that the bill was currently with the chief state law adviser for certification.

“It is hoped that the certification process will be finalised soon, where-after the bill will be introduced into Parliament”.

Cabinet approved the bill for tabling in Parliament in December 2010.

The minister pointed out that, since then, continuous interaction with the legal profession has taken place to find common ground on certain aspects of the bill.

The proposed legislation aims to put a framework in place that facilitates the transformation and restructuring of the legal profession.

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IOL News: Legal Profession Bill Coming – November 2011

Legislation intended to transform and restructure the legal profession will soon be tabled in Parliament, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said on Thursday.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, he said the legal profession was still not representative of the country’s demographics.

Entry into the profession was, in many instances, determined by outdated, unnecessary and overly restrictive prescripts.

Access to legal services, especially by the poor, was limited.

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SabinetLaw: Legal Practice Bill to be Tabled Within Days, June 2011

Legal Practice Bill to be Tabled Within Days

 2011-06-10

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The deputy minister of justice and constitutional development, Andries Nel, has confirmed that the Legal Practice Bill will be tabled in Parliament within the next few days.

Speaking during the department’s budget vote speech in the national council of provinces (NCOP), the deputy minister also reminded members of the recent tabling of the Constitution Seventeenth Amendment Bill and the Superior Courts Bill in Parliament.

According to the deputy minister, the bills had been in the “melting pot” for 12 years.

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PoliticsWeb: Legal Practice Bill to be Introduced to Parliament soon, Jeff Radebe – June 2011

Budget Vote speech by Minister JT Radebe,Minister Justice and Constitutional Development, National Assembly Parliament.

7 Jun 2011

Mr Speaker/Madam Deputy Speaker,
Honourable Members,
Chief Justice and members of the Judiciary,
Heads of the constitutional institutions,
Distinguished guests,
Comrades and friends,
Ladies and gentlemen

It is with honour and privilege, that I am afforded this opportunity to present to you the Budget of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, for the coming year. But firstly, allow me to pay tribute to one of the heroines of the liberation struggle. The sudden and very sad passing on of the African National Congress (ANC) struggle veteran u Mama u Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu, took all of us by surprise, just weeks after she had cast her vote during the recent local government elections. May her selfless fighting spirit inspire all of us in our endeavour to ensure access to justice to all our people.

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Law Society of South Africa: Comments on the Legal Practice Bill – May 2011

26 May 2011
Via e-mail
LBassett@justice.gov.za
Mr L Bassett
Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
Pretoria
Dear Mr Bassett
REPRESENTATIONS: LEGAL PRACTICE BILL
We attach hereto the submissions by the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) on the most recent version of the Legal Practice Bill (version headed “5: Copy of Legal Practice Bill as changed by Wilma and Lawrence”). These submissions are made as a matter of urgency, the LSSA having been given very limited time to furnish its submissions. The LSSA does not consider that there has been proper consultation with regard to what is proposed to be put before Parliament and reserves the right at an appropriate time to make further submissions and representations in relation to the Bill.
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