Every recognised clerk shall, while attending the Court or the offices attached to the Court, come properly dressed with a black coat on, and display the certificate of registration issued to him on, the left side of the coat. No person registered as a recognised clerk of one advocate shall be business in Court and offices on behalf of any other advocate unless he has registered himself as a recognised clerk of that advocate as well. Provided that one person cannot be recognised clerk of more than two advocates.
The selection process shall be conducted in three phases: Part I- Multiple Choice Based Questions, testing the candidates’ ability to understand and apply the law, and comprehension skills; Part II- Subjective Written Examination, covering writing and analytical skills; Part III- Interview by individual Judges.
South African clerks are appointed for one year. Foreign law clerks (except those who are part of the German trainee lawyer programme)are appointed for a minimum of six months. Occasionally foreign clerks may be appointed for a year, and may after six months move from one chambers to another.