THE SOUTH AFRICAN LEGAL PRACTICE COUNCIL (“COUNCIL”)
NOTICE IN TERMS OF SECTION 95(5) OF THE LEGAL PRACTICE ACT, 28 OF 2014
Notice is hereby given that the Council amends the Rules of the Council made under the authority of Sections 95(1), 95(3) and 109(2) of the Legal Practice Act, 28 of 2014 (as amended) by the deletion in its entirety of Rule 46 and the substitution thereof with a new Rule 46 as attached.
The amendment is to enable Council to run the elections for the Legal Practitioners Fidelity Fund Board online, due to the current lockdown regulations brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Council amends this Rule in line with the provisions of section 95(5), which provides that a rule may be amended without prior publication of a draft as provided in section 95(4) of the Act.
The amendment to the rule without prior publication is necessitated by the fact that the election must take place but cannot under the lockdown regulations. The amendment will allow legal practitioners to [nominate candidates and] cast their votes online and through email thereby avoiding the need for them to travel for voting stations and minimizing the risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus.