Support Community-Based Paralegals' Inclusion in the Legal Practice Bill

(1) The Legal Practice Bill [B12-2012] must include equitable & justifiable regulation, recognition & formal integration of Community-Based Paralegals into the formal justice sector. (2) The Department has removed all references to paralegals in the Bill, which were present in the first working draft. (3) Given the central role Community-Based Paralegals have in enhancing access to justice for the poor and vulnerable, it must be of great concern to all citizens, that they have yet to be recognised as legal practitioners. This will continue to have an adverse impact on access to justice and the sustainability of the Community Advice Offices. (4) Given that government has a primary responsibility to ensure access to justice for the poor and vulnerable, government ought to take steps to ensure the sustainability of the Community Advice Office and Community-Based Paralegal sectors


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National Alliance for the Development of Community Advice Offices (Nadcao) National Task Team on Community-Based Paralegals

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Discussion

  • NDUDUZO GUMEDE Its only fair that Paralegals are given a chance to practice too, as some or most of the time ordinary citizens cannot afford attorneys fees and in that sense they do not get help, a very simple reference is Legal Aid assist those that earn less than R5500 and attorneys assist those with a lot of money, but the middle class or average paying to poor are struggling...POWER TO PARALEGALSPRACTICING INDEPENDANTLY, and we are not saying they must do exactly everything attorneys do but a start to certain unlimited services such as litigation and estates and maybe limit them coming into criminal law or just to a certain extent

  • VIMLA GANGADU I am in support a 100%. I think paralegals should be recognised for providing a service to the community more especially to those in need and can not afford legal assistances.

  • Sakhi 'Majola' Dyosi Paralegals should be included on the bill I see no reason for the exclusion because there are auxiliary nurses and auxiliary social workers, auxiliary nurses are there to compliment the work done by professional nurses and dr same auxiliary social workers. Paralegal work is there to compliment the work done by attorneys and advocates, I believe this will help to bring awareness and the outcome will be people going in numbers to access legal services because of the help paralegals especial in rural areas.

    The between legal resources and communities need to be filled soon please.

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    NDUDUZO GUMEDE

    3 days ago Name of Organisation: ST. CARTER PARALEGALS
    Comments: Its only fair that Paralegals are given a chance to practice too, as some or most of the time ordinary citizens cannot afford attorneys fees and in that sense they do not get help, a very simple reference is Legal Aid assist those that earn less than R5500 and attorneys assist those with a lot of money, but the middle class or average paying to poor are struggling...POWER TO PARALEGALSPRACTICING INDEPENDANTLY, and we are not saying they must do exactly everything attorneys do but a start to certain unlimited services such as litigation and estates and maybe limit them coming into criminal law or just to a certain extent
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    VIMLA GANGADU

    4 months ago Name of Organisation: SMV PARALEGAL SERVICES
    Comments: I am in support a 100%. I think paralegals should be recognised for providing a service to the community more especially to those in need and can not afford legal assistances.
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    Samantha Hartogh

    4 months ago Name of Organisation: Private Paralegal Student
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