Legal firms Cape Town

Experiences in cancelleries and courts in Cape Town

Justice organisation

The organisation Centres are spread throughout South Africa and employ attorneys and candidate attorneys to provide legal representation to the poor. At the Centres there is a specific focus on criminal practice. The organisation contributes to the compassionate society needed for democracy and justice to flourish in South Africa. The organisation assists indigent residents to participate in the South African Justice System. It ensures that criminal accused receive a fair trial, guarantees the right of access of the even the poorest to the courts and provides for the rights of children. The representation of juvenile accused is an important aspect of the work of the Justice Centres. The organisation has identified women and children's rights (as well as land issues) as deserving of special attention in the provision of its legal services. They also fund candidate attorneys in rural law firms, law clinics and recently launched a system of nationwide justice centres. In the past, the organisation compensated private attorneys/advocates in a system known as Judicare. The emphasis is on providing a legal aid service for the poor through salaried lawyers working in justice centres in various places around the country. The centres provide a range of services, including defence in criminal trials and representation in civil matters. Justice centres will extend access to legal aid to far more people than was previously the case. In the short term, however, the majority will still not have access to these centres. In the long term therefore a range of additional measures are necessary to ensure that this project is successful.

Practicum | Volunteering
For a student wanting to enter the field of Law where justice for all is concerned, this internship will serve as a fantastic learning experience that will expose you to various aspects of the industry. You will be based in the organisation Justice Centre where you will assist lawyers in providing legal aid in a variety of areas such as criminal areas, divorce cases, labour disputes etc.

Law firm

Thw firm are a very busy law firm located in Wynberg 20 km to the centre of Cape Town. They specialise in litigation and trial work and relate to criminal law, the field of adjectival law (viz. evidence, civil procedure, criminal procedure), and the law dealing with sentencing and punishment, including prisons. The firm's skills and expertise are drawn from a multi-disciplinary team, capable of handling any legal transaction. One of the key strengths of the firm is every staff member's commitment to excellence and creative problem-solving. There is a competitive, yet co-operative spirit driving them in their quest to achieve the optimum results for their clients. As a law firm specialised in criminal law, the firm are making a valuable contribution in the areas of criminal procedure and effective participation in the professional legal area.

Internship tasks
As an intern working with firm, you would be exposed to all aspects of criminal law, including pre-trial work, court appearances and trials, and would accompany the lawyers from the firm on site visits, including those to courts, police stations and prisons. You will also be exposed to a variety of law applications and have the opportunity to work alongside leading academics and practitioners who are forerunners in their fields. They will welcome you as part of their team, and will do their best to ensure that your internship is a successful and challenging one, and try to meet all your needs and requirements.
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