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Prosecutor questioned for stance in statutory rape case

By Daily News Published on Monday, 20 September 2021
Tags: #Criminal Law #General Legal Practice
A concerned grandfather of a 14-year-old Mpumalanga girl has lodged a complaint against a prosecutor for allegedly refusing to oppose the bail of a 28-year-old man accused of her statutory rape, says a City Press report.

Zondo seeks another three-month extension

By Daily News Published on Friday, 17 September 2021
Tags: #Criminal Law #General Legal Practice #Litigation
Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo wants a final extension to 31 December to allow him and his team to finalise the report of the State Capture Commission, says a Mail & Guardian report.

Ex-financial broker ‘vexatious’

By Daily News Published on Friday, 17 September 2021
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Litigation
The Western Cape High Court has declared former financial broker Deon Pienaar ‘a vexatious litigant’ after PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) sued Pienaar for persistently initiating a string of legal actions against the firm.

Hlophe move seen as 'abuse of process'

By Daily News Published on Friday, 17 September 2021
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Litigation
Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe insists it would be ‘unconstitutional’ for President Cyril Ramaphosa to suspend him until his challenge of the process that sees him facing impeachment is finalised.

Andile Lungisa back in ANC fold

By Daily News Published on Monday, 13 September 2021
Tags: #Administrative Law #General Legal Practice
Andile Lungisa's suspension from the ANC has been overturned by the party's national disciplinary committee (NDC), reports News24.

Former attorney continued to practise after being struck off

By Daily News Published on Monday, 13 September 2021
Tags: #Criminal Law #General Legal Practice
Disgraced former attorney Anne Swanepoel was convicted on 11 charges including theft and fraud in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Gqeberha on Friday, says a Weekend Post report.

Parliament's role in Hlophe impeachment set out

By Daily News Published on Friday, 10 September 2021
Tags: #General Legal Practice
Parliament has been advised against holding another inquiry into the conduct of Western Cape High Court Judge President John Hlophe, as its role is limited to a checks-and-balance function.

Lawyer struck off for stealing from clients

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 09 September 2021
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Litigation
Komani lawyer Mzwabantu Majola has been struck of the roll of attorneys for allegedly stealing money from several clients, says a Daily Dispatch report.

Hlophe handwriting directive a 'fake'

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 09 September 2021
Tags: #General Legal Practice
The Judge President of the Western Cape division, John Hlophe, has not issued any handwriting reprimand to judges, according to the Office of the Chief Justice, which labelled the ‘directive’ as fake.

'Liable' lawyers urged to back Bobroffs' ConCourt petition

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 09 September 2021
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Litigation
Attorney Richard Spoor, acting for the fugitive Bobroff father-and-son team, is urging thousands of ‘potentially guilty’ lawyers to support a petition to the Constitutional Court seeking leave to challenge a SCA ruling that confirmed his clients were guilty of theft when it dismissed their appeal against a High Court decision granting a forfeiture order against them in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

ConCourt tells judges to stop awarding costs

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 08 September 2021
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Litigation
The Constitutional Court has taken issue with Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court judges who award punitive legal costs.

RAF crook struck off roll of attorneys

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 08 September 2021
Tags: #Ethics #General Legal Practice #Litigation
The Western Cape High Court has struck the name of Brian Albertus Baumann, an attorney who defrauded clients of millions in Road Accident Fund (RAF) payouts, from the roll of attorneys, says a TimesLIVE report.

EFF vows to defend Hlophe against 'white racism'

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 07 September 2021
Tags: #General Legal Practice
There have been accusations of racism in Parliament where the EFF vowed to defend Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe from the ‘white’ judiciary.

Court confirms attorney's liability for advocate's fees

By Daily News Published on Monday, 06 September 2021
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Litigation
Given that an advocate in law may not receive instructions from a lay client, it has always been the practice, if the not the law, that the client’s attorney is responsible for the payment of the advocate’s fees.

Siraj Desai strikes back at 'unfair' attack

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 02 September 2021
Tags: #General Legal Practice
Retired Western Cape High Court judge and current Legal Services Ombud Siraj Desai has hit back at a complaint lodged against him by the South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) over his pro-Palestine activities, describing it as an unfair ‘scatter-shot approach’, an attempt to discredit him and to ‘curb and curtail the space for human rights advocacy’.

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