Lawyers urged to play an ‘active part’ in public affairs

first_imgLocalNews Lawyers urged to play an ‘active part’ in public affairs by: Dominica Vibes News – July 28, 2015 Share Tweet Members of the Dominica Bar Association at a Gala and Dance Dinner at the Fort Young Hotel on Saturday.Dominican lawyers have been advised to play an active part in public affairs and politics.Former acting chief justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Sir Brian Alleyne in his acceptance speech of a recognition award from the Dominica Bar Association on Saturday 25 July 2015 at the Fort Young Hotel said, members of the legal profession are particularly qualified and suited to participate in the politics and governance of the country.Sir Brian, who served as a minister in the Dominica Freedom Party administration in the 1990s, said the legal profession is central and essential to preserving the fundamental rights of our people and preserving respect for the instructions of law and good governance. “Politics is central to the life of our people and ought to be a distinguished and very honorable activity,” Sir Brian said.“And because of the ethical standards that members of the legal profession adhere to and uphold, it is important that that profession play an important role in the politics of our country and in the governance of our country,” he added.According to Sir Brian, members of the legal profession are particularly qualified and suited to participate in the politics of and in the governance of the country because the principal activities of the political elites include law making, administration in accordance with law, service to the community within the context of the law; all of which are characteristics and activities that the legal profession embraces and commits to. “I want to encourage the members of the profession to participate in public affairs, in politics, yes, but also more generally in the affairs of the community, to be a visible part of the activities of the community, to be in the forefront of public service at all levels and to add to public activities, the dignity, the integrity for which the legal profession stands,” Sir Brian stated. He said lawyers are specially trained to be advocates for public service in terms of advocacy and getting across the messages that the community needs to hear, not only in the courtroom or in the advocacy of a particular client (s), “but generally in advocacy for the public interest, in defence of the high standards that public service demands of us”. Sharecenter_img 305 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more