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South Africa
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Legal Aid South Africa Act, No. 39 of 2014

Long title


To ensure access to justice and the realisation of the right of a person to have legal representation as envisaged in the Constitution and to render or make legal aid and legal advice available; for that purpose to establish an entity called Legal Aid South Africa with a Board of Directors and to define its objects, powers, functions, duties and composition; to provide for the independence and impartiality of Legal Aid South Africa; to provide for the appointment of the Board of Directors and qualification for membership thereof; to provide for the appointment of a chairperson and a deputy chairperson; to provide for the term of appointment of a member of the Board of Directors; to provide for the termination of membership of the Board of Directors; to provide for meetings of the Board of Directors, quorum and procedure; to provide for the establishment of committees by the Board of Directors; to provide for the delegation of powers and the assignment of duties or functions of the Board of Directors; to provide for the appointment of a chief executive officer and his or her functions; to provide for the appointment of employees and the designation of certain officials as agents of Legal Aid South Africa and their terms and conditions of employment; to provide for the protection of client privilege in certain circumstances; to provide for the recovery of costs by Legal Aid South Africa; to provide for the finances of Legal Aid South Africa; to provide for the provision of legal aid by direction of courts in criminal matters; to provide for the making of regulations; to provide for the compilation of a Legal Aid Manual; to provide for the amendment or repeal of laws; to provide for transitional arrangements; and to provide for matters incidental thereto. Parliament of the Republic of South Africa enacts as follows:-

Table of contents

SECTION TITLE
CHAPTER 1. DEFINITIONS
1. Definitions

CHAPTER 2. LEGAL AID SOUTH AFRICA
2. Establishment of Legal Aid South Africa and its relationship with Board
3. Objects of Legal Aid South Africa
4. Powers, functions and duties of Board
5. Independence and impartiality of Legal Aid South Africa
6. Composition and appointment of Board
7. Qualification for membership of Board
8. Chairperson and deputy chairperson
9. Term of appointment
10. Termination of membership of Board
11. Meetings of Board
12. Quorum and procedure
13. Committees of Board
14. Delegation of powers and assignment of duties or functions of Board
15. Appointment of chief executive officer
16. Functions of chief executive officer
CHAPTER 4. SUPPORT STRUCTURE OF LEGAL AID SOUTH AFRICA
17. Employees and agents of Legal Aid South Africa
18. Terms and conditions of employment of employees
19. Protection of client privilege in certain circumstances
20. Recovery of costs by Legal Aid South Africa
21. Finances of Legal Aid South Africa

CHAPTER 5. GENERAL PROVISIONS
22. Provision of legal aid by direction of courts in criminal matters
23. Regulations
24. Legal Aid Manual
25. Amendment or repeal of laws
26. Transitional arrangements
27. Short title and commencement
Sch. SCHEDULE. LAWS AMENDED OR REPEALED [s25]
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