The Johannesburg Attorneys represents the interests of some 2 500 legal practitioners who have business at any of the courts within the greater Johannesburg cluster, including Soweto, Randburg, Sandton and the east rand. The Association was formed over 75 years ago when an enterprising young woman named Gertie Horvitch started by gathering a group of attorneys together in Johannesburg in order to create a platform for attorneys to communicate and stand up for their rights and interests within the legal field. Our newsletter now delivered by email was once delivered by Gertie herself on a bicycle.
The Association represents the interests of legal practitioners and although some members of the public are assisted in certain ways, the Association does not have disciplinary powers over its members. People who do have complaints about attorneys need to refer those complaints to the Legal Practice Council at www.lpc.org.za. The Association does however have the power to arbitrate disputes between member attorneys or members of the public and attorneys, if both parties agree to same.
The Association’s High Court office provides copying and computer facilities at nominal charges and assist with file upliftment, caselines and so on. Members also receive over 40 newsletters a year, keeping members abreast of pertinent changes in the profession. The Association is influential and its executive committee, who are all volunteers, work tirelessly to better the profession. Members of the executive constantly meet with justice and court representatives to work together to address issues within the profession, primarily in the arena of the greater Johannesburg cluster of courts.