Whether you’re browsing through the government gazette online (through databases like Sabinet) or paging through the ink-and-paper hardcopies, one can’t help but be impressed at the sheer amount of information that is published in the government gazette in South Africa.
In this article, we will take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of using Google as a source for legal information online, and compare it to an online legal information portal.
The concept might seem slightly strange at first. After all, why would you use a broad-based search engine when you have access to a specialist online legal information service? The answer to this question is familiarity.
We all know of the Government Gazette as the published source of information pertinent to the running of the country. We know that Government Gazette publications come out any day of the week, as often as is required. But, is there any type of official information that doesn’t feature in the Gazette? More importantly, what must appear in Government Gazette publications? (more…)
South African Legislation is not always easy to navigate. Not only is South Africa working with a hybrid legal system originating from a mix of Dutch and British legal systems, but it also takes into account indigenous customary laws. In addition, we have a Constitution that sets the rules of how the current government works. To make matters even more complicated, there are different spheres of government that make laws, the National, Provincial and Local Government. (more…)
Law students entering the legal services field face a difficult question when graduating, such as finding the right law firm to work for. You could be attracted by a firm’s high-profile cases; their numeration offers or simply the location.
The choice should be made while studying and specialising in a certain field. If the dream is representing a high profile case, then criminal law is the field you should dedicate your efforts to. However, if you enjoy working with real estate dealings, then consider becoming a solicitor.
Students are provided the opportunity to choose their field during their term, but choosing a specific law firm does become difficult once graduating. Here are some considerations: (more…)