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Draft Legal Sector Code Launched

November 12, 2020

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The Draft Legal Sector Code has been launched.

Speaking at the launch, the justice and correctional services minister, Ronald Lamola, declared that the “Legal Sector Code should ensure participation of black and female practitioners in the mainstream of the economy, competition law, telecommunications, mining etc”.

The minister also pointed out that it is necessary to ensure that the procurement of legal services is done “in accordance with a system which is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective”.

He added that the “framework must enable the private sector to help society as a whole protect or advance persons, or categories of persons, who have been systemically disadvantaged by historical unfair discrimination”.

The minister described the Draft Code as a “deliberate effort to co-ordinate and implement economic transformation in the legal profession”.

The Legal Practice Council seeks comment on the Draft Code until 15 December 2020.