Legal Practice

Updated: 

2017-11-03

This is about:: 

To provide a legislative framework for the transformation and restructuring of the legal profession in line with constitutional imperatives so as to facilitate and enhance an independent legal profession that broadly reflects the diversity and demographics of the Republic; to provide for the establishment, powers and functions of a single South African Legal Practice Council and Provincial Councils in order to regulate the affairs of legal practitioners and to set norms and standards; to provide for the admission and enrolment of legal practitioners; to regulate the professional conduct of legal practitioners so as to ensure accountable conduct; to provide for the establishment of an Office of a Legal Services Ombud and for the appointment, powers and functions of a Legal Services Ombud; to provide for a Legal Practitioners’ Fidelity Fund and a Board of Control for the Fidelity Fund; to provide for the establishment, powers and functions of a National Forum on the Legal Profession; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

Preliminary documents: 
Originator: 

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development

Draft Bill
Year of publication: 

2010

Explanatory summary: 

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Bill
Bill number: 

B20-2012

Year of publication: 

2012

Bill full text: 
Act
Act number: 

28 of 2014

Year of publication: 

2014

Commencement date: 

1 February 2015 (Parts 1 & 2 of Chapter 10) (Proc 2, GG 38412, 2015-01-23)

Act full text: 
Amendments: 

Repeals the:

  • Natal Conveyancers Act 24 of 1926
  • Attorneys, Notaries and Conveyancers Admission Act 23 of 1934 (Transkei)
  • Attorneys' Admission Amendment and Legal Practitioners' Fidelity Fund Act 19 of 1941
  • General Law Further Amendment Act 93 of 1962 (certain sections)
  • Admission of Advocates Act 74 of 1964
  • Admission of Advocates Act 74 of 1964 (Transkei)
  • Admission of Advocates Act 74 of 1964 (Bophuthatswana)
  • Admission of Advocates Act 74 of 1964 (Venda)
  • Admission of Advocates Act 74 of 1964 (Ciskei)
  • Attorneys Act 53 of 1979
  • Attorneys Act 53 of 1979 (Ciskei)
  • Attorneys, Notaries and Conveyancers Act 29 of 1984 (Bophuthatswana)
  • Attorneys Act 42 of 1987 (Venda)
  • Recognition of Foreign Legal Qualifications and Practice Act 114 of 1993
  • Admission of Legal Practitioners Act 33 of 1995
  • Right of Appearance in Courts Act 62 of 1995
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