The Chief Justice (CJ), David Maraga on Monday called on the newly admitted 144 advocates to be driven by the quest to have justice served.
Speaking during the admission ceremony held at the Supreme Court Building, Maraga told the law graduates to serve their clients with humility now that that they have been accorded an opportunity to serve humanity.
I urge you to prepare and handle your cases and clients well. As an officer of the court, you must assist the court by ensuring that you uphold the rule of the law and help justice to prevail at all times, said Maraga.
Maraga urged them to maintain professional ethics in the conduct of their duties and to maintain fidelity to the law.
I urge you to strictly adhere to the professional code of conduct. If you want to be respected, act professionally, without that, you will lose face in front of your clients. The appetite for quick cash is the poison you must avoid at all cost, Maraga warned.
The CJ further told the law graduates that they would be faced with challenges but urged them to ensure that the rule of law prevails by standing up against injustices in all forms.
The profession you are joining is tough and the journey to success is an arduous one in the sense that you have to work hard. The work you will be undertaking will be much more demanding and you will be required to work for long hours for you to deliver. I assure you that when you adhere to the rule of law, you will be able to rise up to these new challenges, said Maraga.
The Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecution, Victor Mule urged the new advocates to remember to adhere to professional ethics and strive to obtain respect for the rule of law.
You now have a new title. Ensure that you hold it with dignity. You must exercise justice using those professional codes as you appear before courts, your seniors, and in service to your clients. I encourage you to apply for vacancies in the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions as you explore this legal profession, said Mule.
In attendance was Office of the Attorney General Secretary of the Advocates Complaints Commission, George Nyakundi who warned the advocates of withholding client’s funds with a desire to get rich quickly.
He called on them to be careful and refrain from stirring complaints from their clients and pursue the professional ethics expected of them.
Since assuming office in October 2016, Maraga has presided over the admission of over 2, 000 advocates to the bar.
Source: Kenya News Agency