(2) In the affidavit the complainant must set out:
(a) the name and address of the attorney who is the subject of the complaint;
(b) clear and concise details of the attorney’s conduct which the complainant alleges constitutes misconduct by the attorney.
(3) Every page of the affidavit needs to be initialled by both the complainant and the Commissioner of Oaths.
(4) Only copies of relevant documents which support the allegations of misconduct should be attached to the affidavit.
The Law Society and the Public
If there is proof of conduct unbefitting an attorney, it is not the Society’s duty to protect the attorney, but to ensure that the attorney is suitably disciplined.
Such discipline could be a reprimand or a fine of up to R100 000-00.
However, if the conduct of the attorney is such as to render the attorney unfit to practise as an attorney then the Society will apply to the High Court to have the attorney suspended from practising as an attorney or to have the attorney's name struck off the roll of attorneys.
The Society does not have the power to order an attorney to pay compensation to a complainant.
Only the Court can make such an order.
The Society does not take sides, but seeks at all times to act fairly and impartially.
Complaints will be accepted via Email / Fax and Ordinary Post :
Regulatory Affairs Department
KwaZulu-Natal Law Society
P O Box 1454
Telephone : 033-345 1304
Fax: 033-345 3028