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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.

Alleged bogus lawyer nabbed in court

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #General Legal Practice #Malpractice Law
A 47-year-old man who has allegedly been fraudulently practising as a lawyer for several years has finally been arrested, the Hawks revealed yesterday, according to a TimesLIVE report.

High time for fresh probe into Public Protector's competence

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Tags: #Business & Industry Law #Ethics #General Legal Practice
The damning findings of the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane in the so-called Vrede dairy farm case, has again led to a chorus of calls for her to be removed from office. Among them is News24 assistant editor, Pieter du Toit, who says the court findings show that Mkhwebane is, 'at best, simply not up the job'.

Legal fees investigation begins

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 10 May 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice
The SA Law Reform Commission has announced the commencement of its investigation into legal fees and tariffs – required in terms of sub-sections 35(4) and (5) of the 2014 Legal Practice Act.

Accidentally Paid the Wrong Person? Lessons From a R862k Banking App Error

By Ashersons Attorneys Published on Thursday, 09 May 2019
Tags: #Banking & Finance Law #General Legal Practice #Litigation
In these days of online banking and electronic payment, it’s not uncommon to find out to your horror that you have made a payment to someone in error, either to the wrong recipient or in an incorrect amount. If that happens to you and the recipient refuses to pay you back, what can you do about it?

NPA seeks forfeiture of Bobroff millions

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 02 May 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #General Legal Practice
Judgment has been reserved in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) on an application by the state for the forfeiture of about R100m that former personal injury lawyers Ronald Bobroff and his son, Darren, have stashed in two bank accounts in Israel, notes Legalbrief.

Legal Aid opens doors wider to more clients

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice
Legal Aid SA amended its means test on 1 April, enabling more people to qualify for legal assistance. Its means test is determined by an applicant's income and the assets they own. The amendments have substantially changed, accounting for inflation and the rising cost of living, notes GroundUp.

Copyright Bill is 'expropriation without compensation'

The Coalition for Effective Copyright has petitioned President Cyril Ramaphosa not to sign the Copyright Amendment Bill into law. At a media briefing at Constitutional Hill yesterday, the coalition's spokesperson Collen Dlamini said if the Bill was signed into law it would amount to expropriation of local content without compensation, says a TimesLIVE report.

Lawyers march to demand share of cases

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 16 April 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice
Attorneys and advocates in Mthatha marched through the CBD to demand cases from the government yesterday – and they won, notes Legalbrief. They brought the courts to a halt for the morning, and later in the day, the target of their wrath, Mthatha Deputy State Attorney Johan van Schalkwyk, said he was throwing in the towel and heading back to the State Attorney’s Office in Gauteng.

Wrongfully convicted would-be lawyer can't get a job

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 15 April 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #General Legal Practice
Njabulo Ndlovu (36), who spent 14 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit and graduated with an LLB degree during that time, is unable to find work because his record still shows he is an ex-convict with a criminal record.

KZN advocates hit by cyber scam

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 12 April 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #General Legal Practice
KZN advocates became targets of cybercrime at the weekend with as many as 17 reporting that they had fallen victim to versions of SIM swap and phishing scams. Business Day says most were MTN clients and said they were at a loss as to how criminals obtained personal information, especially since the fraudsters appeared to know that they were advocates.

Mvuzo Notyesi is new head of LSSA

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 02 April 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice
Mvuzo Notyesi is the new president of the LSSA, with Baitseng Rangata as vice-president and Jan van Rensburg as acting vice-president, it was decided at the society’s conference and AGM in Pretoria at the weekend. An LSSA statement notes Notyesi and Van Rensburg are both previous co-chairpersons of the society.

Khoisan ‘king’ moves to halt elections

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 01 April 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice
An application for a cease and desist order has been filed against President Cyril Ramaphosa and the government that no elections take place in what self-proclaimed Khoisan king Goab Khoebaha Calvin Cornelius III calls the Sovereign State of Good Hope.

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