By Michael Bockarie
The Sierra Leone Bar Association (SLBA) has partnered with Advocacy Training Council in England to host a three-day ethics training for young lawyers in Sierra Leone.
Speaking during the opening ceremony at the British Council Hall, Tower Hill on Wednesday, Bar Association President, Elvis Kargbo, Esq., said the training was for young lawyers as issues of professional ethics cannot be downplayed in law.
He said his executive has placed more emphasis on lawyers maintaining ethics, especially when they are faced with conflict of interest, recalling a recent incident in which a senior member of the profession was suspended because of professional misconduct.
He expressed satisfaction that experienced resource persons from England are in the country to train junior members of the Bar. He admonished the young lawyers to put into practice knowledge they would gain from the training. He warned them against engaging in anything unethical as such would tarnish their image and that of the country.
One of the lead resource persons, Desmond Browne, QC, said barristers should be frank and fearless, as well as being balanced in issues concerning their interest.
He said a barrister should not win at all cost as they have a duty not to mislead the court.
“He should not handle a matter beyond his/her capability. A barrister should not decide for his/her clients whether they are guilty or not,” he added.
Mr. Browne said the Advocacy Training Center is a body set up to train lawyers in England and other Commonwealth jurisdictions.