Welcome To The South African Medico-Legal Association

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of SAMLA's President, Judge "Neels" Claassen. Our condolences to to his family, friends, those who were close to him, and his colleagues.

We will keep you informed of memorial services.

SAMLA is an independent, transparent, neutral, and educational organisation not for profit, funded by membership contributions, donations and funds generated through seminars.

As stated in SAMLA's mission statement, the goals are to advance the inter-relationships between medicine and law, and to promote excellence in medico-legal practice by promoting dialogue and mutual understanding between members of the involved professions, guided by justice, ethical practice and Constitutional values. Hence, we are an association of like-minded persons from all professions and sectors whose primary goals are to communicate with one another and learn from one another and in so doing, promote competent and ethical medico-legal practice.

SAMLA is independent and neutral. SAMLA does not represent any group of persons, and does not take an advocacy role. SAMLA does not advertise on behalf of any member except to make available on its website the names of its members.

SAMLA is inclusive and has at the core of all its function, a transformative ideology.

SAMLA is not, nor does it strive to be, a regulatory body.

Membership of SAMLA includes any persons who work in or who are interested in medico-legal practice. All individuals who hold a primary professional registration with a professional body (legal, health and allied) as well as students and academics, may apply for membership. In addition, all persons who work within the medico-legal sphere but who do not hold a primary professional registration may apply for membership. Our members include a wide range of professionals including but not limited to judges, academics, legal practitioners including advocates and attorneys as well as candidate attorneys, medical practitioners in all branches of medicine, dentists in all branches of dental health, occupational therapists, speech-language therapists and/or audiologists, occupational therapists, nursing practitioners, psychologists in all branches of psychology, mobility specialists, actuaries, case managers, medico-legal mediators as well as forensic scientists. 

Read our MOI by clicking here.

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News from SAMLA and announcements


  • We are so sorry about the technical glitches we had with our POPIA seminar. Loadshedding played havoc with us. Anyone who missed the Q and A session can e mail the presenter - we have sent the link to you.

  • The May 2021 edition of The SAMLA Review is now available online. Please go to https://medicolegal.org.za/projects.php

  • Congratulations are extended to Ms Stacey Aires on being elected as the Chairperson of the SAMLA Gauteng Branch. She is now ex officio a member of the Board of SAMLA.

  • Interested in joining the SAMLA Mediation Project? e mail us on info@samla.org.za and see our website page for more info. Click here...

  • Keep looking at the Judgements page  for new judgements...and if you think we should post something, let us know! info@samla.org.za

National SAMLA Courses are online!

SAMLA offers National Courses on Medico-Legal Practice which  have been designed and presented by the Faculty of SAMLA and accredited by the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town. 

As of the end of April 2021, you will not be able to register for the Foundations in Medico-Legal Practice short course. We hope to provide Foundational Knowledge in a different format in future....watch this space!

Workshops in Medico-Legal Practice can be done individually or as a whole. The courses may be attended for CPD purposes or, if all assignments that are assigned are completed successfully by the attendees, a certificate of completion from UCT is awarded for each course completed.

Attendees who complete successfully the Foundations Course in Medico-Legal practice as well as the 10 Practical Workshops qualify for a Certificate of Competence in Medico-Legal Practice issued by the Faculty of Law at UCT.


Please go to the National Courses page to read about the available dates and deadlines!!


Azlyn Creative is the service provider responsible for the administrative management of the National Courses.  The costs of the courses have been determined by Azlyn Creative and not by SAMLA. For all information, registration, payment, and access to the courses, please go to http://samla.co.za

Professionalisation and registration as a medico-legal practitioner

All Members of SAMLA who are registered with a professional regulatory body are invited to apply to appear on SAMLA's Register of Medico-Legal Practitioners.

A Medico-Legal Practitioner is an individual who works in the medico-legal space, who is in good standing with his or her primary professional regulatory body  and who  has volunteered him/herself to peer review, and who  has committed him/herself  to SAMLA’s unique code of conduct in medico-legal practice. For more details, you can read our MOI in which these details are specified. 

To appear on the SAMLA Register of Medico-Legal Practitioners,  one submits one’s credentials to SAMLA’s Credentialling Committee which comprises senior members of the legal and healthcare professions who have extensive experience in medico-legal practice. If the applicant’s credentials satisfy the requirements specified, then that applicant may register as a Medico-Legal Practitioner.  All Members of SAMLA who appear on the register of Medico-Legal Practitioners commit themselves to SAMLA’s code of professional conduct. 

The proposed tiers of registration as Medico-Legal Practitioners have been circulated to the broader membership for consideration, but not yet been established. We envision three tiers - an entry level, a senior level and an advanced level, to reflect experience and seniority, and to promote a development trajectory.

What is really important is that SAMLA is not, and does not intend ever to be a regulatory body. We do not, in any way, see our role as supervisory. The registers are simply lists of persons in the medico-legal field who voluntarily show that they have pursued learning in this field, demonstrate competency,  are willing to demonstrate on-going learning in the medico-legal sphere by earning specific points in medico-legal CPD annually, and are willing to commit themelves to a code of conduct. 

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