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Business Day - Advocate Quits Bar Council Over Practice Bill

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

THE deputy chairman of the national advocates body, the General Council of the Bar, resigned on Monday because of the council’s stance on the Legal Practice Bill.

The bill has been intensely criticised by leading figures in legal circles including the late chief justice Arthur Chaskalson for being destructive of the independence of the legal profession, regarded as a prerequisite for an independent judiciary. The resignation of Izak Smuts SC may signal what is to come when the controversial and divisive bill is canvassed in Parliament. 

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