Legal practice

Do the community service regulations go far enough or are poor people losing out?

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development published a notice on 11 August 2023 on the rendering of community service by candidate legal practitioners and legal practitioners (Legal Practice Act […]

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Requirements for readmission as a legal practitioner

A person who has previously been removed from or struck off the roll of legal practitioners on the grounds that he or she was not a fit and proper person […]

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The need for effective training programs in law firms

It goes without saying that legal practice is constantly evolving and that legal practitioners must keep up with these changes. On the one hand, there is a need to have […]

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The 15 rules for writing letters

As legal practitioners we pour our energy into practising law and acquiring knowledge of the law. However, that is not the only skill required to practise our profession. We also […]

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Are legal practitioners obliged to blow the whistle on unethical conduct of their peers?

We live in an age where technology has made the accessing and sharing of information relatively instantaneous. This includes information on the unfortunate instances where legal practitioners have engaged in […]

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Law firms should develop policies on the use of AI

De Rebus news reporter, Kgomotso Ramotsho spoke to legal practitioner Azhar Aziz-Ismail on what legal practitioners should and should not do when using ChatGPT (and similar forms of generative artificial […]

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Pitfalls and traps for legal practitioners when using ChatGPT

By Prof Michele van Eck The use of technology is fast changing not only the law but also the practice of law. ChatGPT is a good example of a technological […]

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Why the wait? Challenging the constitutionality of the right of appearance requirement

It is an undisputed norm that any law that is inconsistent with the Constitution is invalid (s 2 of the Constitution). This is so because the Constitution is, according to […]

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Normalising and embedding good corporate governance in law firms

Good corporate governance is an important element of good corporate citizenship. No entity, including law firms, operate in a vacuum, but within and with the society that it serves. All […]

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Online litigation – preparing for the new normal

Access to justice and the courts are constitutionally entrenched rights. Rights that the legal profession assists in protecting and upholding. The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions accelerated the technological innovation […]

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