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Lawyers in detention- NBA Ikeja set to move to Abuja to support Kuje 2

Courtroom Mail has obtained a Public Notice issued by the vibrant Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association,Ikeja branch,Mr Adeshina Ogunlana in favour of the two Lawyers who were detained in Kuje Prisons,Abuja in the course of their duty. Continue reading Lawyers in detention- NBA Ikeja set to move to Abuja to support Kuje 2

Law practice may be the loneliest profession-Lawyers rank high on loneliness scale

Lawyers outranked other professionals on a “loneliness scale” in a survey of more than 1,600 workers, the Washington Post reports.

Sixty-one percent of lawyers ranked above average on the loneliness scale, compared to 57 percent of engineers, 55 percent of research scientists, 51 percent of workers in food preparation and serving, and 45 percent of workers in education and library services. Continue reading Law practice may be the loneliest profession-Lawyers rank high on loneliness scale

Turkey’s arrested lawyers: 103 jailed for long sentences

Disturbing new details have emerged of the scale of the Turkish government’s clamp-down on the independent legal profession following the failed coup in 2016. According to the Arrested Lawyers campaign group, 1,539 lawyers have been prosecuted, 103 sentenced to prison terms of up to 11 years and 580 remain in custody. Continue reading Turkey’s arrested lawyers: 103 jailed for long sentences

Lawyers in Nairobi protest against disregard of Court orders with Yellow Ribbons

In light of recent incidents of disregard for court orders and constitutional provisions by State Officers, Law Society Kenya, Nairobi Branch participated in the #YellowRibbonCampaign organised by the Society allover the country. The Campaign is meant to highlight the significance of rule of law to justice. Respect for and obedience of court orders is paramount to the Rule of Law. Yellow ribbons were distributed at Milimani Law Courts.

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‘My printer broke’: Barrister escapes suspension after PC blunder

A barrister who appeared for a client in court despite not holding a practising certificate has avoided suspension after a disciplinary tribunal accepted her arguments that IT troubles prevented her from applying to renew it on time.

Philippa Page was fined £1,000 after admitting to two charges of professional misconduct for exercising rights of audience at Wood Green and Woolwich Crown Court when not entitled to do so. The offences took place over 2 and 3 May last year.

Page said she had attempted to fill out the relevant form and pay the renewal fee over the May Bank Holiday weekend but ‘found this impossible.’

She then telephoned the Bar Standards Board (BSB), which advised her to download a form, fill it out and return it. However, referring to an email she had sent the BSB during the course of the investigation, she told a disciplinary tribunal: ‘I was unable to fill it out electronically on my iPad, undoubtedly due to my own incompetence and, as my printer had broken down, I could not print the form out at home.’

Page said that, as she had already accepted work for 2 May, she did not feel she could return it with such little notice. She eventually completed the form on 4 May.

Her email added: ‘I cannot explain why I subsequently failed to deal with my practising certificate on 3 May, I have no recollection of what happened on that day’. She admitted a ’tendency to let less important matters slip’.

The Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service heard that Page had previously admitted practising without a valid practising certificate, between 1 and 8 May 2015.

Despite the tribunal noting that a suspension is the normal starting penalty for ‘repeated failures to meet practising requirements’, it said there were mitigating factors and Page had shown genuine remorse.