Aug 16, 2019

The future of the Legal Profession and the regulation of legal practice and practitioners



The Legal Profession is one of the most respected and loved professions. Hence, its regulation is deemed necessary. The legal profession is guided by rules, principles of engagement as well as professional ethics. The code of ethics stipulates the standards of professional conducts expected of lawyers in their relationship with the legal profession, the legal system and the public.
 


The main legislations that govern legal practitioners in Nigeria are the Legal Practitioners Act (LPA) 1975 and the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) 2007.

It is unfortunate that both legislations have been unable to put an end to sharp practices carried out by legal practitioners which makes a mockery of the administration of justice in Nigeria. There are legal practitioners who engage in various unethical conducts in order to win cases. Others maintain an unprofessional relationship with judges in order to receive favours. Others who are not involved in unethical conducts resort to filing unnecessary applications and seeking delays through adjournments in order to the delay the cause of justice. 


The legal profession is plagued with myriads of problems. One of such is our legislation. The Rules of professional Conduct does not take cognizance of changes that has occurred in prevalent times. It failed to address prevalent concepts of legal practice like advertisement. The Rules merely prohibited it. The LPA is outdated and requires amendment. Another problem faced in the legal profession is the discipline of erring members. The Rules of Professional conduct suffers lack of enforcement. The disciplinary proceedings before the LPDC encounter delays and this makes the complainants abandon it and also, the fact that non legal practitioners make unnecessary incursions into law practice. For example, Chartered Secretaries. 


The various issues and challenges facing the legal profession and the way forward would be discussed at the Plenary Session of the NBA Annual General Conference scheduled to hold on;

Date: Wednesday, 28th August 2019

Time:  14.00 – 15.30

Venue: Convention Center

Speakers:          

Moderator: Chief Olanipekun SAN

Panelists:  Tony Idigbe SAN

                    Prof. Fabian Ajogwu SAN

                    Prof. Sam Erugo

                      


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