How to use this guide
Every day, thousands of South Africans are faced with complex legal problems but often, their resources for getting the help they need are limited.
Whilst some legal problems do require expert legal advice, many people often consult attorneys nonsensically. Where an answer to their problem may have been a simple mouse-click away, people are too often (and unnecessarily) burdened with exorbitant legal fees instead.
This is why Law24 is best placed to assist you with a reliable means of getting the right legal assistance.
Law24 has compiled a comprehensive list of legal bodies situated around South Africa together with a short description of their purpose and functions.
When faced with a legal problem, it is best to know of the right people to contact for a solution.
- South African Legal Information Institute (SAFLII)
SAFLII collects and publishes legal materials from Southern and Eastern Africa for free online access. Publications include: judgments and legislation
SAFLII has been operational since December 2006.
Tel: (011) 339 3697
Fax: (011) 403 8898
Ana Kabalu - Regional Content Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mariya Badeva-Bright - Policy and Legal Informatics: mariya.badeva- email@example.com
Walter Pule - Content Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Shear - Content Specialist: email@example.com
Kerry Anderson - Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ogolotse Motsaathebe - Software Developer: email@example.com
Johny Maphuruma - Web Developer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tererai Mafukidze - SAJC Coordinator: email@example.com
Private Bag X1 Constitution Hill
Braamfontein 2017 South Africa
- Centre For Human Rights – University of Pretoria
The Centre for Human Rights was established in 1986 after a major conference on apartheid and a new Bill of Rights for South Africa hosted on the campus of the University of Pretoria. The founding director, now Judge of the Constitutional Court, Johann van der Westhuizen, was one of four experts who wrote the final version of the interim and final constitutions. In its earlier years, the Centre focused on building capacity in the area of human rights in South Africa.
Tel: (012) 420-3034 / 420-3810
Fax: (012) 362 5125
- L.E.A.D – Legal Education and Development
The L.E.A.D Division of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) contributes to a just society in South Africa by ensuring that practitioners are equipped to practise competently and with integrity. Today education not only needs to inform, equip and inspire professionals, but also to build the legal sector's capacity and stimulate higher levels of professionalism.
Tel: (012) 441 4600
Fax: (012) 341-1339
Old Main Building
Unisa Sunnyside Campus
145 Mears Street
P O Box 27167
- Law Society of South Africa
LSSA is the umbrella body of the attorneys' profession in South Africa. The LSSA aims to promote the common interests of its members, having regard at all times to the broader interests of the public whom the profession serves.
Tel: (012) 366 8800
Fax: (012) 362 0969
304 Brooks Street
P.O. Box 36626
- KZNLS: KwaZulu Natal Law Society
The KwaZulu-Natal Law Society regulates the attorneys' profession in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and enhances the prestige and dignity of the profession.
It protects the public by providing effective control of the professional conduct of attorneys.
Tel: (033) 345 1304
Fax: (033) 394 9544
KwaZulu-Natal Law Society
200 Hoosen Haffejee Street
P O Box 1454
- Cape Law Society
All attorneys who practise in the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape Provinces are required, in terms of the Attorneys Act, to register as members of the Society and all candidate attorneys, serving articles within that provincial area, fall under the Society’s jurisdiction.
Tel: (021) 443 6700
Fax: (021) 443 6751/2
29th & 30th Floors
ABSA Centre, 2 Riebeeck Street
Cape Town 8001
- Free State Law Society
The statutory body responsible for the administration of the attorney's profession in the province of the Free State, South Africa.
Tel: (051)447 3237
Fax: (051)430 7369
PO Box 319
- The Law Society of the Northern Provinces
The law prescribes that every practitioner who practises law in the four provinces constituting the old Transvaal Province, being the Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo & North West Provinces, whether for his/her own account or otherwise, shall be a member of the Society. If a member of the Society is suspended from practice, he/she is, during the period of such suspension, not entitled to the rights or privileges of membership of the Society and if a member is struck off the Roll, he/she ceases to be a member of the Society and cannot practise as an attorney.
Tel: (012) 338 5800
Fax: (012) 323 2606
123 Paul Kruger Street
- Constitutional Court of South Africa
This court, the highest in South Africa on constitutional matters, was born of the country's first democratic Constitution in 1994. In an acclaimed new building at Constitution Hill, the 11 judges stand guard over the Constitution and protect everyone's human rights.
Tel: (011) 359 7400
Director of the Constitutional Court:
Tel (011) 359 7459
Fax: (011) 339-5098
Registrar of the Constitutional Court:
Tel: (011) 359 7400/7468/7465
General office: of the Constitutional Court (Court cases):
Tel: (011) 359 7468/7465
Library of the Constitutional Court:
Tel: (011) 359 7400
- CCMA: Commision for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration
The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) is a dispute resolution body established in terms of the Labour Relations Act, 66 of 1995 (LRA). It is an independent body, does not belong to and is not controlled by any political party, trade union or business.
Tel: (021) 469 0111
Fax: (021) 465 7193/7, 465-7187/462-5006
78 Darling Street
Cape Town 8001
Private Bag X9167
Cape Town 8000
- Pretoria Society of Advocates
The Pretoria Bar Association's website is an opportunity to introduce the advocates' profession, the services they render and the role played by the Bar Association in the South African legal profession. It also presents the members of the Pretoria Bar with the opportunity to introduce themselves to the users of legal services world-wide.
Tel: (012) 303 7400
Fax: (012) 303 7890
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
High Court Chambers
220 Vermeulen Street
- Johannesburg Attorney’s Association
The Johannesburg Attorneys Association is the largest voluntary attorney's association in South Africa.
It represents some 3300 plus attorneys practising in Greater Johannesburg (including Soweto) and Randburg (including Sandton). Our members specialize in every field - be it tax, divorce, maintenance, motor accidents or personal injury claims against the Road Accident Fund.
We represent the interests of our members to the public, to the organized profession including Law Societies and to Government, including Parliament.
Tel: (011) 337 7269
Fax: (011) 333 8040
Room 028 High Court Building
Von Brandis Square
Von Brandis/Pritchard/Smal Streets
PO Box 6532
- Pension Lawyers’ Association
The Pension Lawyers Association of South Africa was founded in 1996 and is a body of legal practitioners who specialize in giving advice on retirement fund and employee benefits law and practice.
Contact: Cape Town
Administrator: Alison Kipling
Chairperson: Tashia Jithoo
Tel: (021) 782 6943
Fax: (021) 782 6943
Northern Region Contacts
Administrator: Christine Steel-Smith
Chairperson: Thabo Thipa
Tel: (011) 269 0171
Fax: (011) 263 2258
- Black Lawyer’s Association
Membership is open to all lawyers and aspirant lawyers who accept the association’s policies, principles and abide by its constitution irrespective of colour, race, gender or creed.
General Secretary: Mrs. Hlaleleni Kathrine Matolo-Dlepu
Tel: (011) 403 0816
33 Hoofd Street
- Legal Resources Centre
Inspired by our history, the Constitution and international human rights standards, the LRC is committed to a fully democratic society based on the principle of substantive equality and to ensure that the principles, rights, and responsibilities enshrined in our national Constitution are respected, promoted, protected and fulfilled.
Tel: (011) 836-9831, 838-6601, 403-0902
Fax: (011) 834-4273
7th floor Bram Fischer House,
25 Rissik Street, JOHANNESBURG, 2001
PO Box 9495, Johannesburg, 2000
Constitutional Litigation Unit
Tel: (011) 836-9831, 838-6601, 403-0902
Fax: (011) 834-4273
Tel: (021) 481-3000
Fax: (021) 423-0935
5th Floor, Greenmarket Place,
54 Shortmarket Street, CAPE TOWN, 8001
PO Box 5227, CAPE TOWN, 8000
Tel: (031) 301-7572
Fax: (031) 304-2823
71 Ecumenical Centre,
20 St Andrews Street, DURBAN, 4001
Tel: (046) 622-9230
Fax: (046) 622-3933
116 High Street,
PO Box 932, GRAHAMSTOWN, 6140
- Lawyers for Human Rights
Lawyers for Human Rights is an independent human rights organisation with a thirty-year track record of human rights activism and public interest litigation in South Africa. LHR provides free legal services to poor and indigent people from six law clinics around the country.
Sherylle Dass (Legal Counsellor and Office Manager)
Tel: (031) 301 0531
Fax: (031) 301 0538
Tel: (011) 339 1960
Fax: (011) 339 2665
Adv. Jacob van Garderen (National Director)
Tel: (012) 320 2943
Fax: (012) 320 2949 / 320 7681
Kamal Makan (Project Coordinator and Office Manager)
Tel: (021) 887 1003
Fax: (021) 883 3302
- Southern African Legal Assistance Network (SALAN)
The Southern African Legal Assistance Network (SALAN) was founded in 1994 to encourage dialogue and the sharing of information on human rights in Southern African countries.
6th Floor Woodgate House
Box 35162 Lusaka