The Nigerian Bar Association has reiterated its commitment to rid the legal profession of quacks and enforce the provision of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
NBA’s position is in response to a publication credited to the Body of Benchers, Lagos zone which criticised the implementation of the stamp and seal policy of the association.
The General Secretary of the NBA, Afam Osigwe, in a statement recently said “since the introduction of the NBA Stamp scheme, we have been able to identify several fake lawyers who have applied for the stamps.”
The NBA said despite the claim in the publication that the stamp policy has no legal backing, Rule 10(1) of the Rules of Professional Conduct authorises the NBA to approve the use of the stamps.
“The Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners 2007, was made by the General Council of the Bar (the Bar Council), in the exercise of the powers conferred on it by the Legal Practitioners Act to make rules of professional conduct for legal practitioners. The Rules were made for the maintenance of the highest standards of professional conduct, etiquette and discipline,” he said.
He explained that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NBA had at its meeting in Uyo on November 13, 2014 approved the introduction of personalised adhesive stamps for all legal practitioners mandatory use on all legal documents, adding that the implementation began on June 1.
He said the initial backlog in the delivery of stamps to lawyers has been cleared, adding that stamps are produced within 48 hours of application to the national secretariat.