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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Represent clients within a paralegal context 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119504  Represent clients within a paralegal context 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Legal Education and Training 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Justice in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The learner who achieves this unit standard will be able to represent clients and provide advice in terms of representation, within a paralegal sector.

The qualifying learner will be able to:
  • Identify issues for discussion, consultation, negotiation or advocacy.
  • Prepare to participate in a relevant forum.
  • Represent client in relevant forum.
  • Provide feedback to client and role-players. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The learner accessing this unit standard is assumed to have the ability to:
  • Communicate at NQF level 4
  • Apply numeracy skills at NQF level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The scope of this unit standard is limited by legislation and regulation which defines where and on what matters paralegals may represent clients.

    Application is limited to a specific area of law or paralegal sector that the learner has a critical understanding of.

    Forum refers to judicial, quasi-judicial and non-judicial institutions that are established to resolve legal disputes. Relevant fora are determined by best practice, agreements and legislation. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify problem(s) for discussion, consultation, negotiation or advocacy for representation of clients in a paralegal context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Essential, reliable and complete information about the problem is obtained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Accuracy and validity of relevant information is verified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Merits of the problem(s) are determined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Merits of the problem(s) are assessed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Appropriate forum for the problem(s) is identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Clients are referred to relevant practitioners where issue is beyond paralegal practioners scope. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Feedback on assessment of problem(s) is provided to client. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Fora are determined by best practice, agreements and legislation.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to participate in relevant forum within a paralegal context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant information is gathered. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant information is analysed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Specific mandates are obtained on the case to be represented. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The necessary documentation is drafted in terms of the rules of the forum. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Witnesses and experts are adequately prepared for participation in a relevant forum. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Represent client in relevant forum within a paralegal context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Knowledge of applicable legislation or agreement is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relevant forum is addressed in a professional manner in accordance with the forum conventions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Different perspectives on conducting a case are analysed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Different perspectives on conducting a case are evaluated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Rules of evidence applicable to the forum are applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Examination in chief and cross-examination is conducted where applicable. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Provide feedback to client and role-players. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Outcomes of representation are accurately reported to client and role-players. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Mechanisms to monitor the implementation of the agreement or order are identified, where applicable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Advise on corrective action to be taken is provided, where applicable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Client and role-players are advised on how to prevent recurrence, where applicable. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments. Moderation of assessments will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and agreed ETQA procedures. This unit standard can be internally assessed by assessors of the provider and moderated by a moderator registered by the relevant ETQA. Moderation shall comply with SAQA requirements.

    Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The learner will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
  • Key concepts associated with representation in courts and other fora.
  • Different courts or fora and their rules.
  • Advocacy methodologies in different fora or courts.
  • Legislation applying to procedure and evidence. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems by exploring legal and non-legal solutions and maintaining ethical and professional standards. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, organisation or as a role-player in the legal fraternity. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information necessary for presenting a case. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally to present cases and engage with clients.
  • Discuss legal representation in relation to other related legal and social systems of representation and advocacy. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the learner's responsibility as a role-player within the legal system and participate as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the learner's role in generating cultural sensitivity within the legal system. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49598   National Diploma: Paralegal Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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