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

LOW COST

  • 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

 

SUPPORT

  • 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)

 

TRAINING

  • 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.