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CANNABIS BILL SIGNED INTO LAW BUT UNLIKE...

The Cannabis for Private Purposes Act is the latest piece of legislation to join the statute books....


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LEGAL PRACTICE COUNCIL PROPOSES MORE RUL...

Input is sought on proposed amendments to three Legal Practice Council rules. Two have implications...


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HATE CRIMES BILL SIGNED INTO LAW – BUT I...

The Preventing & Combating of Hate Crimes & Hate Speech Bill has been signed into law. Once operatio...


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MEDIATION: MAGISTRATES COURT RULE 72 AND...

The Rules Board for Courts of Law has proposed amendments to sections of the Magistrates Courts Rule...


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JUDICIAL MATTERS AMENDMENT ACT UNPACKED

A Department of Justice & Constitutional Development fact sheet unpacking the recently promulgated J...


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LAND COURT ACT: DRAFT REGULATIONS OUT FO...

Input is sought on draft regulations under the recently commenced Land Court Act. They focus on matt...


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MAINTENANCE ACT REVIEW: SALRC PUBLISHES...

The South African Law Reform Commission has completed its review of the Maintenance Act. A report wi...


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TRUST PROPERTY CONTROL ACT REGULATIONS A...

Regulation 3E under the Trust Property Control Act, 1988, has been amended – affecting access to inf...


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SENIOR COUNSEL AND ATTORNEY HONOURS: CON...

Uniform guidelines have been gazetted to be applied when recommending the conferment of senior couns...


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MAGISTRATES’ AND HIGH COURT RULES: MORE...

Recently gazetted amendments to rules regulating the conduct of proceedings in the Magistrates’ and...


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PROMOTION OF EQUALITY, PREVENTION OF UNF...

A Promotion of Equality & Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Amendment Bill responding to the July...


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CRIMINAL PROCEDURE LEGISLATIVE REFORM: S...

A December 2023 Department of Justice & Constitutional Development media statement announcing the ap...


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LEGAL AID and RULES BOARD FOR COURTS OF...

The Department of Justice & Constitutional Development and the Rules Board for Courts of Law have ca...


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NATIONAL PROSECUTING AUTHORITY: ETHICS A...

Regulations have been published on the organisational structure of the National Prosecuting Authorit...


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JUSTICE MINISTER CLARIFIES APPROACH TO O...

Government policy on briefing and outsourcing state legal work ‘is in full effect and continues to g...


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APARTHEID AND COLONIAL ERA LEGISLATION:...

Input is sought on a South African Law Reform Commission issue paper released as the next step in re...


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MAGISTRATES’ COURTS RULES: EJECTMENT TAR...

The Magistrates’ Courts rule on ejectment tariffs for sheriffs is in the process of being amended an...


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MATRIMONIAL PROPERTY LAW: SALRC DISCUSSI...

The South African Law Reform Commission has called for input on a matrimonial property law discussio...


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SUPREME COURT RULES: HEADS OF ARGUMENT

Input is sought on proposed amendments to Supreme Court of Appeal Rule 10, dealing with heads of arg...


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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: INPUT SOUGHT ON SALRC...

The South African Law Reform Commission has called for input on a discussion paper entitled, ‘Domest...


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INVESTIGATING DIRECTORATE AGAINST CORRUP...

Once passed and in force, a Bill now on its way to Parliament will make the Investigating Directorat...


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COMMUNICATIONS INTERCEPTION: AMENDMENT B...

A soon-to-be-tabled Interception of Communications & Provision of Communication-Related Information...


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SOUTH AFRICAN SIGN LANGUAGE UPDATE

The Constitution 18th Amendment Bill – making South African sign language the country’s 12th officia...


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FUNERAL INDUSTRY REGULATION: SALRC DISCU...

The South African Law Reform Commission has called for input on a discussion document proposing ways...


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WHISTLEBLOWING: LEGISLATIVE REFORM DISCU...

The Department of Justice & Constitutional Development has called for input on a discussion document...


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CORRECTIONAL SERVICES AMENDMENT BILL OPE...

The National Assembly’s Justice & Correctional Services Committee has called for written submissi...


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DECRIMINALISING SEX WORK: 2022 DRAFT BIL...

Justice & Constitutional Development Deputy Minister John Jeffrey has confirmed that a draft Crimina...


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LEGAL PRACTICE ACT: REGULATIONS IMMINENT...

Legal Practice Act regulations on community service and procedures for electing Council members are...


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TRUST PROPERTY CONTROL ACT UPDATE

The Department of Justice & Constitutional Development has issued a media statement reminding member...


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INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC): PRES...

The Presidency has issued a media statement confirming that ‘South Africa remains a signatory to the...


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HATE CRIMES BILL: NCOP COMMITTEE CALLS F...

The NCOP Committee on Security & Justice has called for written submissions on the Prevention & Comb...


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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AMENDMENT ACT IN FORCE

Most sections of the Domestic Violence Amendment Act, 2021, came into effect on 14 April 2023.


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CANNABIS FOR PRIVATE PURPOSES BILL: INPU...

The National Assembly’s Justice & Correctional Services Committee has called for written submissions...


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LATEST JUDICIAL MATTERS AMENDMENT BILL D...

Among other things, a Judicial Matters Amendment Bill recently tabled in Parliament seeks to ensure...


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MOTIONS OF NO CONFIDENCE: DA TO PREPARE...

The DA’s Siviwe Gwarube is preparing a Bill to limit motions of no confidence against a President or...


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NEXT JUDICIAL MATTERS AMENDMENT BILL REA...

The objectives of a Judicial Matters Amendment Bill to be tabled soon in Parliament are outlined in...


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INTERNATIONAL CRIMES BILL WITHDRAWN FROM...

The International Crimes Bill has been withdrawn from Parliament.


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PREVENTION & COMBATING OF HATE CRIMES &...

The National Assembly’s Justice & Correctional Services Committee has amended the Prevention & Comba...


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SUPREME COURT, SMALL CLAIMS COURT RULES:...

The rules for proceedings in the Supreme Court have been amended and a date announced for the commen...


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RATIONALISING THE COURT SYSTEM: MORE TIM...

Stakeholders have been given more time to comment on proposals for rationalising the courts.


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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE & CONSTITUTIONAL D...

The Department of Justice & Constitutional Development has released a mid-term report on progress ma...


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ANTI-CORRUPTION MEASURES: MINISTER OUTLI...

Justice & Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has confirmed that there are plans under way...


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TRANSKEIAN PENAL CODE BILL OPENED FOR CO...

The National Assembly’s Justice & Correctional Services Committee has called for written submissions...


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CRIMINAL LAW (SEXUAL OFFENCES & RELATED...

Call for comment on a draft Bill to decriminalise the sale and purchase of adult sexual services.


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CRIMINAL PROCEDURE ACT: NEW REGULATIONS

Regulations affecting peace officers investigating allegations of corruption


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NATIONAL PROSECUTING AUTHORITY ACT: NEW...

New regulations on summons and oaths


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COMMENTS SOUGHT ON DRAFT AMENDMENTS TO...

COMMENTS SOUGHT ON DRAFT AMENDMENTS TO PREVENTION OF ORGANISED CRIME ACT PROCEEDINGS RULES


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INTERIM REPORT ON RATIONALISING THE COU...

INTERIM REPORT ON RATIONALISING THE COURT SYSTEM RELEASED FOR COMMENT


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NEW RULES FOR SMALL CLAIMS COURTS

NEW RULES FOR SMALL CLAIMS COURTS


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PARLIAMENT PASSES TRADITIONAL COURTS BIL...

PARLIAMENT PASSES TRADITIONAL COURTS BILL


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MORE CHANGES TO RULES ON MAGISTRATES' CO...

MORE CHANGES TO RULES ON MAGISTRATES' COURTS PROCEEDINGS


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CATEGORIES OF PEOPLE ELIGIBLE FOR APPOIN...

CATEGORIES OF PEOPLE ELIGIBLE FOR APPOINTMENT AS INTERMEDIARIES


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HIGH COURT PROCEEDINGS RULES AMENDED

HIGH COURT PROCEEDINGS RULES AMENDED


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MAGISTRATES' COURT PROCEEDINGS RULES AME...

MAGISTRATES' COURT PROCEEDINGS RULES AMENDED


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SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTER REGULATIONS AME...

SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTER REGULATIONS AMENDED


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CRIMINAL & RELATED MATTERS AMENDMENT AC...

CRIMINAL & RELATED MATTERS AMENDMENT ACT, 2021, COMES INTO FORCE


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JUSTICE & CORRECTIONAL SERVICES MINISTER...

JUSTICE & CORRECTIONAL SERVICES MINISTER WELCOMES CONCOURT JUDGMENT ON LEGAL PRACTICE ACT


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Domestic Violence Act - Draft regulation...

Domestic Violence Act - Draft regulations and directives have been released for public comment.


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Rules Board for Courts of Law - Amendmen...

The Rules Board for Courts of Law has amended regulations affecting certain courts.


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