Stamp and Seal : AGF Can’t Unilaterally Amend the RPC – Mazi Afam Osigwe
Common Lawyer and Former Normal Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation, NBA, Mazi Afam Osigwe has urged Legal professionals to discountenance the purported unilateral modification of the Guidelines of Skilled Conduct for authorized practitioners by the Lawyer Normal of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami SAN.
The purported modification sighted by BarristerNG exhibits the AGF made sweeping modifications to the RPC by the elimination of the provisions that mandates attorneys to acquire yearly stamp and Seal and the part that requires attorneys in authorities employment to pay the yearly Bar Training Charges.
In his reactions, Mazi Osigwe urged attorneys to discountenance the purported modification because the AGF has no Unilateral energy to amend the RPC with out the Bar Council.
Under is his full response:
PURPORTED AMENDMENT OF RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT FOR LEGAL PRACTITIONERS, 2007
My consideration has simply been drawn to a doc extensively circulating within the social media which purports to be the Guidelines of Skilled Conduct for Authorized Practitioners (Modification) Guidelines 2020.
The Doc claims that within the train of the powers conferred on him by Part 12(4) of the Authorized Practitioners Act, the Lawyer Normal of the Federation has amended the Guidelines of Skilled Conduct for Authorized Practitioners, 2007 by deleting Guidelines 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13.
An in depth take a look at Part 12(4) of LPA known as effectively as the truth that the Bar Council which has the ability to make any such modification, has by no means met, exhibits why the doc needs to be discountenanced.
Part 12(4) of the Authorized Practitioners Act (LPA) vests the ability to make Guidelines regulating the Conduct of Authorized Practitioners is vested on the Normal Council of the Bar (“the Bar Council”).
As supplied by Part 1(1) of the LPA, Normal Council of the Bar shall be charged with the overall administration of the affairs of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation (topic to any limitations in the meanwhile supplied by the structure of the affiliation) and with any features conferred on the council by this Act or that structure.
The Bar Council consists of-
(a) the Lawyer-Normal of the Federation, who shall be the president of the council;
(b) the Attorneys-Normal of the States; and
(c) twenty members of the affiliation.
The twenty members representing the Nigerian Bar Affiliation have been elected on the Affiliation’s Annual Normal Assembly held in Abuja on August 27, 2015.
The Lawyer Normal of the Federation has not convened a gathering of the Bar Council. The Bar Council has neither thought of nor permitted any proposed modification to the Guidelines of Skilled Conduct for Authorized Practitioners 2007. Despite the fact that the Lawyer Normal of the Federation is the President of the Bar Council, he can not unilaterally train the powers of the Council.
I’ll due to this fact prefer to consider that the Guidelines of Skilled Conduct for Authorized Practitioners (Modification) Guidelines 2020 which is in circulation on social media lacks credibility.
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