LEGAL PRACTITIONER – DUTY OF COUNSEL – Duty of Counsel as a minister in the temple of justice and an officer of the Court


“I should think the option available to the Respondents’ Counsel, as officers of the Courts, was to have, guided by Rule 32(2)(j) & (k) of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners, 2007, tried fervently and honourably, in aid of administration of justice not be seem to promote a case which to their knowledge was false. Such display of professional courage and candour would have saved costs to all concerned, including the Courts (from the trial High Court through the Court of Appeal to this Court).” Per EKO, JSC in APC & ORS v. ESIEC & ORS (2021-LCER-40460-SC) (Pp 58 – 59 Paras F – B).

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