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Judge in Enugu urges lawyers to be honest with clients,



Law professor and senior judge Cyprian Ajah has expressed concern about the state of the legal profession, warning that disregard for professional ethics and codes of conduct can erode public confidence and undermine the rule of law and the judicial system.

He also urged lawyers to “maintain the highest standards of honesty, integrity and fairness to their clients.”

Justice Ajah, an Enugu State High Court judge, therefore advocated for strict adherence to ethics and code of conduct to enable the legal profession maintain public confidence.

He stated this in a lecture titled “The Importance of Ethics in the Legal Profession” delivered at the 2022 Dinner hosted by the Faculty of Law, Renaissance University, Ugbawka, Enugu State.

Renaissance University is a community-based institution (boarding only) in a holistic educational environment with a fully accredited law faculty and was founded 17 years ago by former Enugu State Governor, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani.

Justice Ajah
said, “The important role of lawyers as supreme guardians of the law means that the legal profession has a great responsibility to ensure that ethical rules are developed and that lawyers and the public are educated on ethical principles and made effective through disciplinary measures.

He reminded lawyers of the need to constantly uphold the rule of law and access to justice, adding, “When lawyers fail to uphold and promote the principles of justice, fairness and equity, the law itself is brought into disrepute and public confidence in the law is weakened.”

According to him, the legal profession has a great responsibility in society as the guardian of the rule of law and protector of individual rights against abuse of power.

He said the current situation in Nigeria calls for the upholding of the reputation of the legal profession against forgeries and quacks.

Justice Ajah said, “The collective reputation of a profession is critical to the trust it inspires. The reputation of the legal profession is related to how the public views the administration of justice. If the public does not have confidence in the legal profession, confidence in the justice system itself will be eroded.”

He advised lawyers to maintain the highest level of honesty, integrity and fairness to their clients, the court and the public, “which includes promptly honoring promises made in the course of practicing law.”

Ajah paid glowing tribute to Nnamani for his profound vision in establishing and sustaining the nascent citadel of intellectual, human and entrepreneurial development.

This, Ajah said, is an immense testimony to Nnamani’s ardent and tireless love for education and youth empowerment.


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