The objectives and mission of the SAMLS 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".
The SAMLS is an independent, neutral, educational and transparent organisation not for profit, funded by membership contributions, donations and funds generated through seminars.
The membership of the SAMLS includes judges, academics, legal practitioners, medical practitioners and other professional practitioners registered with the HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa), who have an interest in the objectives of the SAMLS.
The main business of the society includes delivery of papers, debate, research, publication, correspondence and education. it serves as an open platform to promote the above objectives, as well as to provide a forum through which members, other interested organizations and the public can interact.
The SAMLS is not a pressure group, and does not represent or promote the business-, political- or other interests of its members, of doctors or lawyers, of plaintiffs or defendants, or of any other individuals or groups. The SAMLS is not any form of trade union or guild, does not seek to secure work or opportunities for its members, and does not seek to accredit or discredit any practitioner or act as an ombudsman.
To the extent that members of the society have relevant expertise in specific circumstances, the society has in the past acted to promote the rights and interests of society at large flowing from the Constitution of South Africa, and the society intends to do so in the future. apart from this the SAMLS is neither for nor against any person or group.