The Legal Practice Council is a national, statutory body established in terms of section 4 of the Legal Practice Act, No 28 of 2014.The Legal Practice Council and its Provincial Councils regulate the affairs of and exercise jurisdiction over all legal practitioners (attorneys and advocates) and candidate legal practitioners.
The objects of the Legal Practice Council as determined in Section 5 of the Legal Practice Act are as follows:
( A ) facilitate the realisation of the goal of a transformed and restructured legal profession that is accountable, efficient and independent;
( B ) ensure that fees charged by legal practitioners for legal services rendered are reasonable and promote access to legal services, thereby enhancing access to justice;
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( C ) promote and protect the public interest;
( D ) regulate all legal practitioners and all candidate legal practitioners;
( E ) preserve and uphold the independence of the legal profession;
( F ) enhance and maintain the integrity and status of the legal profession;
( G ) determine, enhance and maintain appropriate standards of professional practice and ethical conduct of all legal practitioners and all candidate legal practitioners;
( H ) promote high standards of legal education and training, and compulsory post-qualification professional development;
( I ) promote access to the legal profession, in pursuit of a legal profession that broadly reflects the demographics of the Republic;
( J ) ensure accessible and sustainable training of law graduates aspiring to be admitted and enrolled as legal practitioners;
( K ) uphold and advance the rule of law, the administration of justice, and the Constitution of the Republic; and
( L ) give effect to the provisions of this Act in order to achieve the purpose of this Act, as set out in section 3.