28th November, 2013
Nnamdi Felix / Abuja
Five Thousand and twenty five new lawyers were on Thursday delivered to the nation following their call to the Nigerian Bar.
In the ceremony which held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, the Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN, Justice Mariam Aloma Muhktar counseled the new lawyers to observe the code of ethics for lawyers in carrying out their duties as ministers in the temple of justice.
She reminded the new wigs that they had an obligation to the court and the society and noted that they have a duty as officers of the court to assist the court in the administration of justice and to observe court decorum and etiquette.
“As lawyers, honour comes first and fees second; the profession has a code of honour which it requires its members to be obedient and it is a code which demands on the part of every lawyer, strict probity and the faithful discharge of his manifold duties which includes, duties to the community, duties to the public, duties to the client, duties to his professional colleagues and above all duties to the court.”
The CJN urged the new lawyers to be punctual in all court appearances and whenever possible, should give prompt notice to the court and other counsel in the case of any circumstances requiring their tardiness or absence.
She further called on them to always conduct their case in logical sequence, thus assisting the court to follow the case with ease adding that they must also show seriousness of purpose, frankness and honesty.
The Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Dr. Tahir Mamman, on his part, charged the new wigs to be good ambassadors of the law profession by distinguishing themselves in conduct within and outside the court.