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Attorney General urges lawyers to be professional

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The Attorney General (AG), Kalekeni Kaphale, has called upon lawyers in the country to focus on observations of ethical discharge of their duties to avoid damaging the law industry.

The AG made the remarks on Friday during Malawi Law Society (MLS)’s daylong workshop in Lilongwe whose theme was ‘Towards a more ethical bar’.

The meeting aimed at helping lawyers get better ethically so that they do not find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

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Kaphale urged lawyers to minimise beer drinking and substance abuse in order to help the country’s citizens with sobriety and dignity.

He said the law industry has been accuse o f unprofessionalism as it puts money first and duty second thereby denying people justice.

Kaphale said lawyers occupy a critical and sensitive place in the functioning of society as governed by the rule of law. He argued that the practice of law is much more critical than any other industry.

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“We have seen some lawyers involved in some malpractices,” observed Kaphale who said lawyers must always match professional judgment with practice.

He, therefore, said legal ethics demand that maintenance of highest standards of honesty, integrity and fairness towards clients should be the cardinal drive when doing their work.

Malawi Law Society president John Suzi Banda said as legal practitioners they have an obligation to their clients which is to be faithful as well as showing professionalism.

He said they should, therefore, not to bring into disrepute the profession through misconduct.

Banda said lawyers’ professional ethics may be defined as a code of conduct written or unwritten for regulating the behaviour of a practising lawyer towards himself, his client, adversary and the courts.

“If it is weakened and allowed to be a subject of corroding and demoralising influence of those who are controlled by craft, greed or other unworthy motive, sooner or later the arch must fall,” Banda said.

The call comes at a time when some lawyers are implicated in cases ranging from corruption and theft of clients money

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