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Be professional, Mambilima urges ‘certified’ lawyers

CHIEF Justice Ireen Mambilima (middle) flanked by first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda (right) and his granddaughter Masata Kaunda during the admission to the bar of advocates at Supreme Court yesterday. PICTURE: CHANDA MWENYA.

CHIEF Justice Irene Mambilima has advised lawyers to be exemplary in their behaviour because society expects them to play a leading role in promoting peace, order and stability.
Justice Mambilima said lawyers are required to enhance constitutionalism, democracy and the rule of law.
She was speaking yesterday at the call day at which 75 out of the 323 lawyers who sat for the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) examinations were admitted to the bar.
“You should know that your admission to the bar today has kindled a lot of expectations in the members of the public, so clients will come to you and entrust the resolution of their legal problems in your hands on the strength of the confidence and trust they have for members of this noble profession,” Justice Mambilima said.
She urged the newly-inducted lawyers to live by the professional conduct and ethics of the profession.
“The oaths you have taken today should guide your career away from professional misconduct if you desire to enjoy the professional journey that you have started today,” Justice Mambilima said.
She said the legal profession is the most disciplined profession in the country and so new lawyers ought to preserve the record.
“My advice to each one of you is that resist, by all means, any temptation to involve yourself in unprofessional acts because the consequences of professional misconduct can be calamitous to your budding career,” Justice Mambilima said.
She said the legal profession is for honest people and for persons of noble character and integrity.
“Your conduct outside your legal work should equally be above reproach. You are a lawyer always regardless of where you may be. You do not cease to be a lawyer just because you are out of the courtroom or out of your chambers,” Justice Mambilima said.
And Law Association of Zambia president George Chisanga reiterated the need for legal practitioners to uphold ethics and professionalism.
Mr Chisanga said this will enable members of the public to develop trust in the judicial system of the country.
And ZIALE director Enock Mulembe urged legal practitioners to desist from engaging in corruption as this is denting the name of the judiciary.

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