The Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman (Olso) will provide a platform for the public to file grievances and report unethical behavior against legal professionals.
Olso will be led by retired judge Siraj Desai, who became appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The Olso aims to promote an accountable legal profession in South Africa, Justice Minister Ronald Lamola said in a statement at its official launch on Thursday. p>
“This is accomplished by upholding the constitution and the rule of law, protecting and promoting the public interest in the provision of legal services, and ensuring a fair, efficient and effective investigation into alleged wrongdoing by the Judiciary Lawyers, promoting high standards of integrity in the legal profession and upholding the independence of the legal profession.”
The O mbudsmann oversees lawyers and solicitors, barristers, barristers and others undergoing a pupil ge.
The office will not hear cases involving judges, prosecutors or prosecutors as these are already being processed by other bodies, including the Judicial Services Commission, the Magistrates Commission and the National Attorney’s Office.
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