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CJN Warns Lawyers Against Breaking Ethics of Profession as 26 Are Debarred


The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen on Thursday warned lawyers to conduct themselves in accordance with the norms and ethics of the legal profession or be ready to face the wrath of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee of the Body of Benchers.
This is even as the CJN said that out of the 140 petitions filed at the registry of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee of the Body of Benchers, 26 lawyers were debarred and 10 of them suspended in the last four years.
The CJN, who was speaking at the Call to Bar ceremony held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja also stated that 64 petitions are currently pending before the committee.
Justice Onnoghen told the ‘new wigs’ that their success in the legal profession depends on their ability to painstakingly and pesistently apply the law in all its ramifications for the good of the society.
According to the CJN, “A society which does not exude its support for the Rule of Law, its investment in the quality and integrity of its judiciary and of its legal practitioners, cannot, and will not prosper”.
He said the legal profession is the engine room for the development of any nation and also serves as the vanguard for the sustenance of human rights and rule of law, just as he charged lawyers to help in rescuing the society from pervasive lawlessness, corruption and anti-social activities.
Earlier in his speech, the Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, Olanrewaju Onadeko (SAN) said 1,468 successful candidates at the April 2017 Bar final examinations, conducted by the Nigerian Law School under the supervision of the Council of Legal Education were presented to be called to the Nigerian Bar.
Onadeko, who attested to the good character and conduct of the candidates added also that, “they have successfully completed the vocational training at the Nigerian Law School as prescribed by the Legal Education Act.
“I attest that they are fit and proper persons for call and admission to the National Bar”, Onadeko said and urged the new wigs to adhere to the norms and ethics of the legal profession.
The Nigerian Law School D-G, who said some law faculties had their accreditation withdrawn for violating admission quotas, added that the allocated figures are a product of empirical evaluation of available facilities in the faculties and failure to keep to them invariably impacts negatively on the quality of the graduates.
He assured that the Nigerian Law School will make everything possible to ensure the sanctity of the legal profession is not, in any way compromised.

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