The Nigerian Bar Association has made 18 recommendation at the conclusion of its 59th Annual General Conference which was held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos with the theme: ” Facing the Future”.
The recommendations were contained in a communique issues on Friday by the NBA President, Mr Paul Usoro SAN.
Part of the issues raised in the communique is a call on the Supreme Court to utilize any available opportunity to resolve the ambiguity on the status of the Code of Conduct Tribunal in the interest of justice
Another issue addressed by the communique is judicial independence. The NBA encouraged judicial officers to be independent, courageous and unbiased in the execution of their functions without regard to the appointing authority.
It acknowledged the roles of the different stakeholders in the improvement of the legal profession, the Nigerian economy and the entire society.
On legal practice, it recommended review of the Rules of Professional Conduct for an improved and efficient disciplinary process.
“The patriarchal language of the bar should evolve to recognise and embrace gender diversity in the bar and bench and, beyond the creation of NBA Women Forum, entrench gender equality in its constitution.
“The prevalence of bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession should be addressed in the Rules of Professional Conduct,” the association added.
Download the Communique