Many citizens have misgivings about the conduct and performance of some lawyers who appear for and against them. Lawyers are bound by Supreme Court Rules, as laid down in the schedule of Conduct and Etiquette for Attorneys-at–Law.
Some blame the law college for failing to be effective in teaching professional etiquette and responsibility, others charge the organized bar with being incapable of ensuring professional discipline.
Non-lawyers in breach of Rules of procedure and conduct would not escape censure and indeed and punishment, if engaging in acts of premeditated deception and misconduct. This does not apply to some lawyers. Some of them arbitrarily object to judicial officers who are not compliant with processes designed to serve continuous and wearing litigation.
This latitude seems connected with the fact that a favored few are treated with indulgence and even affection by some magistrates. When questioned by others, the general tendency has been to respond with indignation and demand a change of judges, as if to assert that violations of Rules of Conduct are the prerogative of the exalted in the legal fraternity.
Thiagarajah has assembled facts with supporting documents suggesting a pattern of misconduct first developed under the former Chief Justice in a case of personal concern. He is reportedly seeking a judicial remedy for the alleged indiscretions
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