Durban Local Office – High Court Paralegal

REF: DBN/PAR-HC/06/03/2020


HIGH COURT PARALEGAL                                                   

DURBAN LOCAL OFFICE                                          

Legal Aid SA is a national public entity; a key contributor to South Africa’s constitutional democracy, providing quality legal services to poor and vulnerable persons. The organisation has a national footprint. Legal Aid SA is an accredited Top Employer SA for 11 consecutive years – a credible employer of choice. Its culture is rooted in leadership, driven by the value and advancement of human rights. It offers an exciting Employment Value Proposition with opportunities for development, career growth and an inspiring workplace.

Applications are invited from persons interested to fill the above-mentioned position. The incumbent will be appointed on a permanent basis. The position is based in Durban.


  • Support the Local Office’s legal staff by providing paralegal services to persons qualifying for legal aid.
  • Identify and solve matters that are not of a litigious nature.
  • Identify cases of a litigious nature and hand over.
  • Keep the client database up to date.
  • Conduct interviews with people applying for legal assistance.
  • Assist the client with the completion of forms.
  • Capturing of matters/file administration – provide assistance with legal admin functions.
  • DCS search – offender information queries.
  • Prisoner letter processing/dealing with correspondence/mail.
  • Dealing with e-mail correspondence/other Local Office requests.
  • Daily prison visits – consultation/documents to be signed such as affidavits/obtaining instructions on appeals/petitions.
  • Obtaining power of attorneys/LA1 – office work (fax/mail/scanning/telephone calls, et cetera).
  • Obtaining power of attorneys for appeal/petition matters – visiting prisons (many new appeal matters quarterly to be attended to – to collate with appeal dates).
  • Matters search and attending to telephone queries.
  • Consulting walk-in clients.
  • Support function to High Court Practitioners (copies/administration/binding of documents/office filing).
  • Filing of heads of argument.


  • Matric and one (1) year Paralegal qualification.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to relate at all levels.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
  • A valid unendorsed code 8 driver’s license is required.
  • Willingness to visit correctional facilities and to interact with inmates.

BASIC SALARY: LEVEL 6 R208 584.00 per annum plus benefits.

A detailed curriculum vitae reflecting practical application of the position outputs and the required competencies as advertised must be submitted by close of business on 24 March 2020, quoting the reference number DBN/PAR-HC/06/03/2020 in the subject line to or apply online at

Enquiries to Lusindiso Nqumse, Tel: 031 304 0100

Preference will be given to candidates in terms of the Legal Aid SA Employment Equity Plan. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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