Majority of South Africans are unable to access lawyers because of costly legal fees, making access to justice a commodity that only the privileged can afford.
The South African Law Reform Commission recently announced an investigation into the cost of legal fees in the country - in a bid to find ways to improve access.
Azania Mosaka spoke to the advisory committee's deputy chairperson Rochelle Francis-Subbiah on the probe.
We're specifically out to investigate in particular the circumstances that are giving rise to exorbitant legal fees and then to look at whether there is, in fact, any legislative intervention that is required to improve the access for justice for people in our country.— Rochelle Francis-Subbiah, Deputy chairperson of advisory committee - South African Law Reform Commission
We are also tasked to look at the desirability of establishing a mechanism that will determine fees and tariffs that are payable to legal practitioners.— Rochelle Francis-Subbiah, Deputy chairperson of advisory committee - South African Law Reform Commission
This investigation is an important one for our country at this time because it is rooted in the right of access to courts which is a fundamental human right.— Rochelle Francis-Subbiah, Deputy chairperson of advisory committee - South African Law Reform Commission
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