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Entry into the profession was, in many instances, determined by outdated, unnecessary and overly restrictive prescripts.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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Budget Vote speech by Minister JT Radebe,Minister Justice and Constitutional Development, National Assembly Parliament.
7 Jun 2011
Mr Speaker/Madam Deputy Speaker,
Chief Justice and members of the Judiciary,
Heads of the constitutional institutions,
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.
26 May 2011
Mr L Bassett
Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
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.
Presentations given by Van Gendt Botha on leasehold, ownership, etc and Arnold Shapiro (of Routledge Modise) on the Adminisitration of Small Estates.
Leasehold Presentation, Van Gendt Botha
Administration of small estates, Arnold Shapiro
Small Estates, Arnold Shapiro
Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Jeff Radebe, used the opportunity of the opening address of the 2011 annual general meeting of the Law Society of South africa (LSS) to call on the legal profession to take responsibility for its role in transformation, access to justice and finalisation of the Legal Practice Bill.
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Presentation by Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh, Lawyers for Human Rights
Asylum and Refugee Protection, Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh
Opinion presented by Adv Amanda Scott
Opinion, Adv Amanda Scott
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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