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Entry into the profession was, in many instances, determined by outdated, unnecessary and overly restrictive prescripts.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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SA Bar: Chair’s Contribution – The Legal Practice Bill – APRIL 2011

The future of our profession hangs in the balance and the Legal Practice Bill (‘LPB’) must remain the focus of
my contribution to Advocate. I suspect that it will continue to enjoy that focus in future issues as well because I am of the view that every member must be fully appraised of the developments (or lack thereof).
On 24 November 2010 the GCB’s negotiating team met with representatives of the Department of Justice (DoJ)
lead by the DoJ’s Mr JB Skosana. Arising out of that discussion I wrote to the Minister on 1 December 2010 and
the full text of that letter is reproduced below. On 10 December 2010 Mr Skosana acknowledged receipt of my
letter to the Minister.
On 3 February 2011, I again wrote to Mr Skosana in the following terms:
‘I refer to my email to you dated 1 December 2010 enclosing my detailed letter to the Minister and to your response dated 10 December 2010, both of which are appended below.
Please be advised that I look forward to the “ …Minister’s response to the letter or his reply…” and his “…[guidance] on how the concerns raised in the letter need to be addressed… ” as promised by you.
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