CJN charges new lawyers on ethics, decorum
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed, yesterday charged new lawyers to embrace decorum and ethics in the practice of their profession.
Speaking at the call to bar of lawyers in Abuja, the CJN asked the new lawyers to be prepared ahead because they would face challenges in the course of purusing their career.
“It may be that the issues of legal jurisprudence seem arcane or what the law says is at variance with your personal convictions. In times of difficulty, I urge you to seek the advice of counsel who are more experienced and equally respected colleagues to put you through” the CJN said.
Justice Mohammed reminded them that every discipline, profession, job, and calling had a cutting edge, which separated the progressive from the regressive that is, the wheat from the chaff and advise them to therefore opt for covering their career in laurels through hard work.
He said: “As Ministers in the Temple of Justice, you must learn to discern between right and wrong, ethical and unethical, so that you will stand on the side of justice by always speaking the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
“On this note I will address the ethical part of the Profession as embodied in the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners in Nigeria (RPC).
Permit me to strike a chord with you before unfolding some significant provisions of the Rules, which I believe, you were taught under the subject “Law in Practice” at the Nigerian Law School.
“I make bold to say that your strict adherence to the laid down rules is the foundation to a good practice at the bar. As such the provisions of these rules must be imprinted in your intellect at all times.