De Rebus is the South African attorneys’ journal, which is published monthly – 11 times a year – by the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA). The LSSA is made up of the  following constituent members: The Black Lawyers Association, the National Association of Democratic Lawyers and provincial attorneys’ associations. The LSSA represents the attorneys’ profession on a national basis.

De Rebus circulates to legal practitioners, candidate legal practitioners, magistrates, prosecutors, judges and a number of subscribers who are interested in the legal fraternity. Its goal is to be an independent and questioning observer of the legal profession.

Its editorial content is authoritative, frank and sometimes contentious. It strives to present a comprehensive overview of developments in the legal profession. Above all else, its main goal is to be an educational tool for the profession and to be used for research purposes confirming its longevity in the hands of its reader. Because De Rebus is a journal, it means that readers refer to it more than once for research purposes.

Click here to view the online PDF version of De Rebus. This version of De Rebus is available free of charge to any interested reader. Readers can subscribe to receive notice of the digital edition by completing this form.

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De Rebus in hard copy

To receive the hard copy of the journal, click here to download the subscription form and send it to: David@LSSA.org.za.

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Would you like to write for De Rebus?

De Rebus welcomes article contributions in all 11 official languages, especially from legal practitioners. Legal practitioners and others who wish to submit feature articles, practice notes, case notes, opinion pieces and letters can e-mail their contributions to derebus@derebus.org.za

The decision on whether to publish an article is that of the De Rebus Editorial Committee, whose decision is final. In general, contributions should be useful or of interest to practising attorneys and must be original and not published elsewhere. Click here to access the ‘Guidelines for Articles in De Rebus’.

In addition, articles written by practising attorneys qualify for entry into our annual LexisNexis Prize for Legal Practitioners competition, while those written by candidate legal practitioners qualify for consideration for the Juta Law Prize for Candidate Attorneys.

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De Rebus subscribes to the Code of Ethics and Conduct for South African Print and Online Media that prescribes news that is truthful, accurate, fair and balanced. If we do not live up to the Code, contact the Public Advocate at (011) 484 3612 or fax: (011) 484 3619. You can also contact our Case Officer on khanyim@ombudsman.org.za or lodge a complaint
on the Press Council website:www.presscouncil.org.za
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