Planned Transformation of State Legal Services

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On Monday, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe revealed an initiative to transform South Africa’s state legal services.

The goal of these new policies would be to have a transformed, integrated, professional, cost-effective and highly skilled state legal service that meets the values and obligations put forward in the Constitution.

To begin the transformation, Radebe said that a head of state legal services, or solicitor-general, would be appointed “as a matter of urgency”.

The announcement came amid plans to put draft legislation intended to regulate legal tariffs on the table. This draft legislation would primarily focus on the consumers of legal services.

This initiative does not come as a surprise to many as Radebe had released a discussion document on judicial transformation in February already and seems to be one of the many he plans to see put forward.

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