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6 April 2017

Latest developments on the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014
The next plenary meeting of the National Forum will be held on 6 May 2017.

March 2017
Cabinet approved the Legal Practice Amendment Bill, 2017 for introduction into Parliament on 29 March 2017. The Cabinet statement of 30 March records that:

'The Bill amends the Legal Practice Act, 2014 (Act 28 of 2014) in order to address practical and technical issues of a non-contentious nature. The Bill also seeks to regulate the prescription of the areas of jurisdiction of the Provincial Councils, to provide that only practicing legal practitioners may perform certain acts or render certain services, to further regulate the duties of banks in respect of trust accounts, to regulate the duration of the National Forum on the Legal Profession and to provide for the dissolution date of the law societies.'

View the Legal Practice Amendment Bill, 2017 approved by Cabinet.

The Minister has granted an extension of time to the National Forum (NF) to finalise outstanding issues and negotiations with the statutory, provincial law societies.

See the time frames for the implementation of the Legal Practice Act (LPA) (amended in view of the extension granted by the Minister) on LSSA.

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