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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply the general principles relating to legal costs 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
113808  Apply the general principles relating to legal costs 
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 
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 
This unit standard has as core purpose equipping learners with knowledge and understanding required to apply the general principles relating to legal cost. Qualifying learners will be able to:
  • Conduct financial transactions relating to legal costs
  • Apply the ethics relating to legal costs
  • Draft accounts in accordance with different cost orders 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 4
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 4 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Conduct financial transactions relating to legal costs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Litigious and non-litigious matters are compared in such a way that a distinction is made. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate fee arrangements are made with clients in accordance with court rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Deposits are obtained from clients and records of such deposits are kept in accordance with the prescripts of the court. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Clients are advised on retainer fees. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply ethics in conducting financial transactions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Clients are charged fair and reasonable fees according to good business practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Only capital interest and fees that are legitimately due and payable are recovered. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Clients and judgement debtors are updated about their accounts on a regular basis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Accounts are paid promptly. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Draft accounts in accordance with different cost orders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Accounts are drafted in accordance with the agreements reached with clients. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Distinction is made between different cost orders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appropriate cost orders are motivated. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Any institution offering learning towards this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA. The relevant ETQA will oversee the assessment and moderation of assessment according to the moderation guidelines that the ETQA will set. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems: To identify what problem requires what particular cost order will require problem solving abilities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyze, organize and critically evaluate information: To deal with different cost orders will require the learners to collect organise and evaluate data. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively: Advising clients on financial matters entails a high level of communication. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Anyone assessing learners against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA and must be in possession of a qualification in or related to Court Management or a related sub-field of Justice in Society at NQF level 6. 

    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 
    Elective  20414   National Diploma: Service Management  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    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.
     
    NONE 



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