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Zondo enquiry regulations tightened ahead of Zuma summons

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 13 January 2020
Tags: #General Legal Practice
The Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has tightened its regulations to make it more difficult for witnesses to lie and evade questions. Amendments to the regulations state that witnesses will no longer be allowed to refuse to answer questions fully and satisfactorily, says a report in The Sunday Independent.

‘But-for’ causation test a step too far ...

There is a worrying trend of systematic medical negligence in our hospitals. In AN v MEC for Health, Eastern Cape, the SCA recently remarked that ‘far too often this court is confronted with serious and serial negligence’ in hospitals … it is clear that studied neglect of standards has become pervasive in many such hospitals. 'Those reliant upon their services are receiving substandard care’.

Visiting South Africa with Kids Just Became Easier

By Ashersons Attorneys Published on Monday, 09 December 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #General Legal Practice
With the Festive Season (and our Summer Holidays!) well and truly upon us, you may be inviting family or friends to visit you from overseas with their children, or perhaps you are a foreigner planning a family trip to South Africa. Either way here’s some good news in the form of a welcome concession from government in regard to the documentation you will need to produce on entry.

Mkhwebane laments liquidation threat to Independent Media

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 28 November 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Insolvency Law #Media Law
Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has apparently noted her concerns about the liquidation application against Sekunjalo Independent Media (SIM), saying to close down the media giant would narrow the number of media voices in the country.

LSNP go-ahead to inspect Mokwena records confirmed

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 14 November 2019
Tags: #Ethics #General Legal Practice #Litigation
The Law Society of the Northern Provinces has been granted permission to inspect all accounting records of Polokwane attorney Tumi Mokwena, following complaints of misconduct.

Law firm condemned for misleading claims

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 05 November 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice
Fresh Start Law Centre's claims on its website that the process of removing an old criminal record takes ‘12 weeks or less’ and that ‘we remove criminal records faster than any other company in SA’ has been condemned as dishonest and misleading by the Advertising Regulatory Board.

Go-ahead given to inspect attorney's accounts

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 04 November 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Insolvency Law #Litigation
The Law Society of the Northern Provinces has been given the go-ahead to inspect the accounting records of Polokwane attorney Tumi Mokwena following complaints of misconduct.

Eastern Cape pays R324m on claims over five years

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 29 October 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Litigation
Eastern Cape taxpayers forked out more than R324m to the State Attorney’s Office in the last five years to defend the Department of Health against medico-legal claims.

Dlamini-Zuma sets out VBS 'casualties'

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 28 October 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #General Legal Practice
Only two officials have been dismissed and 10 suspended for opening accounts with the Venda Building Society (VBS) Mutual Bank against the National Treasury’s instructions.

LPC tightens contingency fee rules to end rip-offs

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 21 October 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice
Lawyers ripping off their clients to the tune of millions in contingency fees will be up against the new rules promulgated by the Legal Practice Council (LPC).

Attorney's chatbot will aid access to law

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 21 October 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice
Attorney Grace Gichanga has come up with, a chatbot, Pro Se Legal, that will dispense practical legal advice to ordinary South Africans via social media platforms.

Motata to be sued over 'false K-word' claim

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 14 October 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice
The businessman accused of calling Judge Nkola Motata the K-word, plans to sue him for this ‘false accusation’, says Rapport.

Attorneys duped by e-mail to appeal judgment

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 07 October 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice
Two attorneys who were ordered to compensate a client R1.7m plus interest after all parties became the victims of cybercrime plan to appeal the judgment.

Mkhwebane raises concern over Gordhan judge

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 23 September 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Litigation
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has harsh words for a judge whom she believes may be appointed to hear a case that has the potential to weaken her hand in her SARS ‘rogue unit’ report against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, notes Legalbrief.

Law firm to challenge 'trial readiness certificates'

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 23 September 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Litigation
A Pretoria law firm is to launch an application at the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) to overturn a practice directive that it believes is contributing to a mounting backlog of cases and the risk of enormous administrative costs, reports TimesLIVE.

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