Legal Aid South Africa Act 39 of 2014

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39 of 2014

The Legal Aid South Africa Act 39 of 2014 aims:

  • to ensure access to justice and the realisation of the right of a person to have legal representation as envisaged in the Constitution and to render or make legal aid and legal advice available;
  • for that purpose to establish an entity called Legal Aid South Africa with a Board of Directors and to define its objects, powers, functions, duties and composition;
  • to provide for the independence and impartiality of Legal Aid South Africa;
  • to provide for the appointment of the Board of Directors and qualification for membership thereof;
  • to provide for the appointment of a chairperson and a deputy chairperson;
  • to provide for the term of appointment of a member of the Board of Directors;
  • to provide for the termination of membership of the Board of Directors;
  • to provide for meetings of the Board of Directors, quorum and procedure;
  • to provide for the establishment of committees by the Board of Directors;
  • to provide for the delegation of powers and the assignment of duties or functions of the Board of Directors;
  • to provide for the appointment of a chief executive officer and his or her functions;
  • to provide for the appointment of employees and the designation of certain officials as agents of Legal Aid South Africa and their terms and conditions of employment;
  • to provide for the protection of client privilege in certain circumstances;
  • to provide for the recovery of costs by Legal Aid South Africa;
  • to provide for the finances of Legal Aid South Africa; to provide for the provision of legal aid by direction of courts in criminal matters;
  • to provide for the making of regulations;
  • to provide for the compilation of a Legal Aid Manual;
  • to provide for the amendment or repeal of laws;
  • to provide for transitional arrangements; and
  • to provide for matters incidental thereto.

Amends

Commencement

1 March 2015 (Government Gazette 38512, 27 February 2015)

Amendments