Legal Services

Legal Services Overview

LEGAL SERVICES:

Legal services is for strategic reasons located within the office of the Municipal Manager.

The duties and responsibilities of Legal Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide accurate, comprehensive, effective, timeous and professional legal advice and services to the District Municipality as well as to provide input during meetings of Council and the Mayoral Committee;
  • Provide legal direction and support to the administration and the political leadership to ensure that decision-making in the District Municipality is legally compliant;
  • Provide legal advice in the formulation of by-laws, policies and procedures to ensure that the municipality complies with all relevant legislation as well as its Constitutional mandate;
  • Manage the legal risk function within the organization;
  • Provide legal and administrative support in respect of all property matters;
  • Co-operate with other spheres of government in developing sound working relations and minimise areas of dispute or potential dispute in the legal context.
  • Ensure legal compliance to ensure that the District Municipality operates within legislative parameters and regulations.
  • Assist with the drafting of Council by-laws, policies and procedures within the relevant legal framework through the policy direction of Council;
  • Contract management (draft, peruse, review or amend SLA’s, agreements, declarations, resolutions, other legal documents etc.);
  • Giving effect to the constitutional right to access to information as required by the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (Act No 2 of 2000)
  • Giving effect to the constitutional right to the protection of personal information as required by the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (Act No 4 of 2013)
  • Manage the flow of legal communication, advice, opinions, contracts and other legal documentation form and to the District Municipality;
  • Undertake research in order to compile and submit legal opinions and advice to the District Municipality as a whole;
  • Monitor ongoing litigation by and against the District Municipality and co-ordinating interaction between the Departments and external legal practitioners engaged by the District Municipality;
  • Updating the Rules of Order of the District Municipality as well as the System of Delegations;
  • Keep abreast with the latest legislation and legislative changes, court rulings, circulars and legal articles and commenting thereon;
  • Enhance organisational efficiency by establishing a corporate governance compliant environment that enables the municipality to achieve its objectives.

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