Principles of the NBCSA
The National Bar Council of South Africa is a voluntary association and was formed to promote the following principles:
- Encouraging healthy competition between lawyers, including advocates and attorneys, which will translate into a better and more cost-effective service to the public.
- Assistance to previously disadvantaged individuals to enter the profession without having undue barriers of entry placed in their way.
- Campaigning for an accessible legal system.
- Provision of support to advocates
- Belief in the freedom to practice
These principles translate in the benefits of becoming a member of the NBCSA
BENEFITS OF BECOMING A MEMBER OF NBCSA
- Freedom to practice from informal chambers
- Affordable Bar fees
- No additional financial burdens
- Access to Pro Deo Work
- Affordable access to legal publications and libraries
- Internet access to law reports and legislation
- A strong support structure (at national and provincial level)
- Emphasis on developing and promoting business acumen amongst members
- Benefit booklet on how to run a practice (Coming soon)
- Fully interactive website with dedicated member section (Coming soon)
- A more convenient way of training – modern distance education
- Ongoing legal training
- Practice whilst doing pupilage – earn while you learn
- Recognition of prior learning and experience with regard to pupillage
RECOGNITION AND CONTROL
- Recognized professional body
- Access to influential decision-makers in the body – approachable executive.
- Recognition of seniority and opportunity to develop to senior council status and judge.