A 2020 study by the Human Sciences Research Council found that 45% of South Africans were feeling fearful. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (“SADAG”) further recently reported that one in every five people will suffer from a mental illness, including anxiety. Anxiety is therefore a very important topic to be knowledgeable about for these times.
If you studied LLB, you will be familiar with the subject called “Law of Evidence”. This legal subject relates to the rules which regulate how facts are proved in court. The purpose of these rules, together with the rules of the law of procedure, is to ensure a fair trial for each party.
Although working online and/or from home may not be the exclusive operational model of all SA lawyers, LWFH actively looks out for opportunities in these areas to support all lawyers to adjust faster to new developments with the view to lead their clients and practices better in the 4th industrial revolution.
The pandemic changed our world and the way we operate our legal practices. Pre-lockdown, some prejudice existed towards lawyers working from home, based on an assumption that home office environments could be less equipped to offer high level professional legal services. This has changed. Today, world leaders, many corporate professionals, most accountants, many bankers, the Queen and some Judges work from home offices.
The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA) came into full effect on 1 July 2021. Although lawyers may have been very busy assisting clients to become compliant by the deadline of 30 June 2021, every legal practice also need to comply with POPIA. If you are a lawyer, is your legal practice POPIA compliant?
The primary statute governing corruption in South Africa is the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act 12 of 2004 (“PACCA”). Other relevant statutes criminalising corruption and bribery in South Africa include: the Prevention of Organised Crime Act 1998, the Protected Disclosure Act 2000, the Financial Intelligence Centre Act 2001, the Protection of Constitutional Democracy
Our law distinguishes between criminal and civil cases and how these cases are processed in courts.