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CPA overhaul to benefit victims and witnesses

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #General Legal Practice
The Criminal Procedure Act is to be overhauled to ensure it is attuned to the country's constitutional democracy, Justice & Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola indicated during his budget vote speech in Parliament yesterday.

LSSA tackles conveyancing issues

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 03 July 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice
The Law Society (LSSA) has noted some concerns that the conveyancing landscape remains untransformed and that gatekeeping is an issue. It was commenting, in a media release, on a conveyancing task team’s review – set up by the LSSA’s House of Constituents – of the poor pass rate of the conveyancing admission examinations.

Lamola urges banks to use black lawyers

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 02 July 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice
New Justice & Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola believes banks and other JSE-listed companies should employ black lawyers to represent them in commercial matters, as transformation of the legal profession cannot only be left in the hands of the state.

'No win, no fee' article earns lawyer top award

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 01 July 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice
No win, no fee – the so-called contingency fee arrangement – is often a contentious issue, but this subject saw leading Pretoria lawyer Gert Nel scooping a legal award. A Pretoria News report says Nel, of Gert Nel Inc, won the 2018 LexisNexis prize for the best article by a practising attorney published in De Rebus.

Decision time for Jiba and Mrwebi

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 26 June 2019
Tags: #Constitutional Law #General Legal Practice
The Constitutional Court will hand down judgment at 10am tomorrow in a General Council of the Bar (GCB) application aimed at having axed deputy prosecutions boss, Nomgcobo Jiba, and her colleague, Lawrence Mrwebi, struck from the roll of advocates, notes a News24 report.

R2m sought from law firm 'legitimate'

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 26 June 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice
Law firm Le Roux Inc can hold on to the R2m the NDPP had hoped to recover in relation to the plundering of the Integrated Public Transport System, the Eastern Cape High Court (Port Elizabeth) ruled yesterday. But while the state was unsuccessful in trying to recoup the funds, the judgment does not absolve attorney David le Roux of wrongdoing, according to a report in The Herald.

Lawyers angry over Gauteng courts' directive

A practice directive to regulate case management and the enrollment of trials at the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria and Johannesburg) has lawyers up in arms, claiming that rather than alleviating congested court rolls it will have a devastating effect on those who wish to bring their cases before the courts.

R50 000 bail for fraud-accused lawyer

Eastern Cape lawyer Zuko Nonxuba – facing fresh charges of fraud amounting to R45m – has been granted R50 000 bail by the Zwelitsha Magistrate's Court.

Tourism industry needs less regulation – Airbnb

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 21 June 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Property Law
Airbnb has warned that an amendment Bill aimed at regulating the hospitality industry could potentially ‘disadvantage many South Africans’. A Times Select report says the Tourism Amendment Bill aims to bring ‘short-term rentals’ such as Airbnb under the department of tourism’s authority.

College banks on top court for its LLB degree

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Tags: #Education Law #General Legal Practice #Litigation
A private university is now counting on the Constitutional Court for assurance that its 400 LLB students will be allowed to practise after graduating, says a Cape Argus report. The Independent Institute of Education (IIE) has brought an application asking the court to declare a section of the Legal Practice Act unconstitutional, as it only allows graduates from public universities to practise as lawyers.

How the EFF allegedly looted VBS revealed

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 28 May 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice
The EFF’s repeated denials that it was party to the looting of the VBS Mutual Bank and its oft-stated claim to be a corruption fighter, have been brought into question in a startling Scorpio report on the Daily Maverick site.

No record of R4bn investment in oil firm

The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has no trace of documents to show how and why it invested almost R4bn into an obscure oil company with links to the ANC and former President Jacob Zuma, according to a Business Day report.

SCA backing of conveyancers judgment welcomed

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 23 May 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Litigation
The Law Society of SA (LSSA) has welcomed the SCA’s dismissal of the application for leave to appeal in the matter of Proxi Smart Services (Pty) Limited vs the Law Society of SA and Others. The application was dismissed on the basis that there is no reasonable prospect of success in an appeal and there is no other compelling reason why an appeal should be heard, notes a statement from the LSSA.

Pansalb fights for indigenous language use in courts

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 23 May 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice
The Pan South African Language Board (PanSalb) will pursue a meeting with Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to object to ‘the continuous assault and discrimination’ against indigenous languages. This after former President Jacob Zuma's lawyer was not allowed to deliver his 10-minute opening address in isiZulu this week.

Court language issue heading to top court

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #General Legal Practice
The leader of former President Jacob Zuma’s legal team in his battle with the NPA over his corruption charges, Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane, says he welcomes the announcement by the Pan South African Language Board that it is to approach the Constitutional Court regarding the use of African languages in courts.

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