Conduct Code for Legal Professionals
Principles Regarding the Institute's Code of Conduct for Legal Professionals
The lawyer’s role in the Institute is as the client’s trusted advisor and representative; and professionally respected by third parties, as an indispensable participant in the fair administration of justice.
By embodying these elements, the member, can faithfully serve a client’s interests, protect the client’s rights, and fulfil the functions of a lawyer in society. In doing so the Code of Conduct will forestall and prevent conflicts, ensure that conflicts are resolved in accordance with recognised principles of civil law and considering rights and interests. To assist in and to negotiate draft agreements, other transactional necessities and to further the development of the law including the defence of liberty, justice and the rule of law.
The Principles consist of ten ideologies common to the legal profession worldwide. Our members are required to have respect for these principles which will form the basis of the right to a legal defence, which is the cornerstone of all fundamental rights in a democracy. The Principles expressed are the common ground that is embedded in all the national and international rules which govern the conduct of lawyers, principally in relation to their clients. The General Principles may not cover in detail other areas of a lawyer's conduct i.e. regarding the courts, other lawyers or the lawyer’s own bar societies.
The Principles take into consideration:
- National professional rules throughout the world are the basic principles on which the role of lawyers should adopted and is sanctioned by the Eighth United Nations Congress Havana (Cuba), 27 August to 7 September 1990 and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- The Principles will increase understanding among our members, their clients and the public of the importance of our members' role in society, and of the way in which the principles support our members. role.
- Consequently, our members must act (not only) in accordance with the professional rules and applicable laws in their own country (and maybe also the rules and laws of another state in which they are practising), but also in accordance with the dictates of their conscience, in keeping with the general sense and ethical culture that inspires these Principles.