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JSC warns advocates against judicial malpractices

21 January 2014, 16:41 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Chief Justice, Willy Mutunga has cautioned advocates against being involved in dishonest legal practices to oppress their lesser clients seeking justice.

Mutunga stated that the advocates should put aside their pride of high level of education to ensure that the oppressed citizens get the desired freedom and justice.

"This judicial profession is a gateway to riches or a highway to prison if any of you indulges in legal malpractices to undermine the oppressed clients seeking your services," said Mutunga.

"There is a shortage of judges to resolve a back-load of cases in our courts but I can confirm that 25 identified judges are to be sworn in soon by the President then posted to various stations across the country," he added.

Mutunga called on the all judicial professionals to be in the forefront of bridging tribalism in the nation noting that they meet clients of diverse cultural beliefs in their duties.

The Court of Appeal President, Kihara Kariuki, urged the advocates to uphold human rights and fundamental judicial laws in serving citizens.

"Serve as JSC professionals not to make money or fame but to ensure that justice prevails in your legal mandate. Your weapon is not the physical armory but professional argument for attainment of justice," stated Kariuki.

The Law Society of Kenya Chairman, Eric Mutua also warned the advocates against misappropriating the clients' funds as this would be accompanied by tough consequences.

"The desire to fraudulently make money should not be the zeal to the legal profession as this would tarnish the Judicial Services Commission'(JSC)s name in the public domain," warned Mutua.

"Take note that any one found in such unprofessional malpractices will be dealt will lawfully by the Law Society's Disciplinary Committee including nullification the professionalism," he added.

Mutua urged them to adhere to high standards of discipline to portray a good image of the Commission's entrusted judicial mandated to citizens.

The JSC top-brass were speaking during the admission of 100 High Court  advocates.   

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