APPLICATION FOR 2019 FIDELITY FUND CERTIFICATES IN TERMS OF THE LEGAL PRACTICE ACT, 2014
I NEW REQUIREMENTS
Legal practitioners are referred to Section 84(1) and (2) of the Legal Practice Act, 28 of 2014, which reads as follows:
( 1) Every attorney or any advocate referred to in Section 34(2)(b), other than a legal practitioner in the full-time employ of the South African Human Rights Commission or the State as a state attorney or state advocate and who practises or is deemed to practise –
(a) for his or her own account either alone or in partnership;
(b) as a director of a practice which is a juristic entity, must be in possession of a Fidelity Fund certiﬁcate.
(2) No legal practitioner referred to in subsection ( 1) or person employed or supervised by that legal practitioner may receive or hold funds or property belonging to any person unless the legal practitioner
concerned is in possession of a Fidelity Fund certiﬁcate.
The requirements for obtaining a 2019 Fidelity Fund certiﬁcate in terms of the Legal Practice Act, are: –
– the annual contribution of R345 (VAT included) payable by the applicant, for the issuing of the certiﬁcate, as set out in Rule 48 of the Legal Practice Act Rules;
– proof of completion of the Practice Management Training before applying for the ﬁrst Fidelity Fund Certificate, subject to the provisions of Rule 27.1 of the Legal Practice Act Rules;
– timeous submission of the tnist account audit report; approved by the Council, and
– the completed (online) application.
The application process for the 2019 Fidelity Fund Certiﬁcate applications is now open and legal practitioners who are required in terms of the Legal Practice Act to be in possession of a Fidelity Fund Certiﬁcate for 2019 should access the secure online application and certiﬁcate issuing portal through the following link https://ffc.fidfund.co.za or from the Legal Practitioners Fidelity Fund’s website (wwwﬁdfundcoza) to apply for a Fidelity Fund Certiﬁcate.
The Fidelity Fund Certiﬁcate application portal was further developed to ensure alignment with the requirements for the 2019 Certiﬁcate as set out above, which resulted in some delays in respect of the commencement of the application process. However, having regard to the provisions of Rule 47.3 and to prevent any prejudice, legal practitioners will this year be afforded an opportunity until 31 December 2018 to apply for a 2019 Fidelity Fund certiﬁcate.
Practitioners are reminded that applications for 2019 Fidelity Fund Certiﬁcates will only be accepted through the online application process.
The Legal Practitioners Fidelity Fund has established help desks at the Provincial Ofﬁces of the Legal Practice Council and legal practitioners who require assistance can contact the provincial help desk staff (details attached).
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ACTING EXECUTIVE OFFICER