Law practice: New bill hailed

2012-07-13 00:00

THE Law Society of South Africa and General Council of the Bar of South Africa have welcomed the publishing of the Legal Practice Bill.

The two organisations issued a joint statement yesterday committing themselves to ­participation in the parliamentary and consultative processes.

The leadership of the two bodies met in Kempton Park last weekend to debate aspects of the bill.

They said they believed there were now better prospects that the two branches of the profession (attorneys and advocates) would be able to make a largely uniform submission to the portfolio committee.

But they would ask for an extension beyond the July 27 deadline for public comment.

They said they hoped to provide their submissions to the portfolio committee by the end of August, and welcomed the fact that the bill states as one of its objects the enhancement of the independence of the profession.

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