An Appraisal of the Duties of Legal Practitioners Under the Legal Practitioners Act and the Rules of Professional Conduct

ABSTRACT

Legal practice is regarded as a highly noble profession worthy of its position in today’s modern society, with regard and reference to the very beginning of the profession it has with time evolved with the demands of society. This profession is practiced by lawyers for the good of public interest in the dispensation of justice and for the smooth execution of governmental authorities. The rules and duties of a legal practitioner are embedded in two sacrosanct statutes which are the Legal Practitioners Act 2004 and the Rules of Professional Conduct 2007. In the course of this work we will introduce the topic by touching a little on the historical background of the profession, thereafter, establish the various duties attached to the legal profession. While examining the various regulatory bodies which guides the legal practice, paying close attention to their roles in the maintenance of order in the profession.

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