The Chief Justice of Sierra Leone, Dr Ade Renner Thomas, has called 20 new lawyers to the Bar to uphold the ethics of the legal profession.
Certifying the successful candidates as lawyers over the weekend at the Miatta Conference hall, Youyi building in Freetown, the chairman of the legal council, Hon chief justice Dr Ade Renner Thomas cautioned the new lawyers not to abuse the privileges they enjoy as members of the profession whether in or out of court.
“As I take this opportunity to wish you success in your career, I want to caution you to remember to uphold the ethics of the profession most importantly, remember not to abuse the privileges you enjoy as a member of the profession. Do not betray the trust of your clients, be courteous, honest and diligent at all times”, the Chief Justice said.
Dr Thomas also cautioned them to avoid”cutting corners and all manners of sharp practice”.
He informed them that the law career could be very lucrative, and urged them: “please do not be in a hurry and take time to prepare your briefs whether at first instance or appeal and remember, you are only as good as your case as you can make a good case bad but you cannot make a bad case good”.
Welcoming guests, the interim director of the Law school, Hon Justice Bankole Thompson said the objective of the ceremony was to recognize the diligence, assiduity and industry of the newly qualified barristers who had demonstrated excellence in gaining legal knowledge from the pedagogy offered by the law school.
Dr Thompson also explained that the new lawyers spent the last school year mastering the art of legal reasoning in the context of its application to the contentious facets of the realities of every day life, in the spheres of institutional and human interaction.
And as masters of their professional arts he said they, “are ready to dispel the popular misconception, the legal reasoning is an imperently repressive form of interpreting fault which leaves that comprehension to the social world and its possibilities merely serve the interest only of exclusive elitist groups and other privilege members in society”.
He disagreed that legal reasoning had no such delimiting effect on one’s comprehension of the social order and would not be so restricted as to the categories of the future clientele of the new lawyers.
Dr Thompson urged the lawyers to be committed to the preservation of the rule of law, thus reminding them that in navigating those inevitable turbulences of their profession, contentiousness and introversions constitute the essence of the discipline and practice of the law. Francis Kaifala won the chief justice prize for the best student for the Bar final exams. Among the 20 gradaunts, there were four women, three Sierra Leoneans and a Gambian, a Cameroonian was also called to the Bar.