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General Legal Council Press Release Ineligible Legal Practitioners in Sierra Leone
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Sep 26, 2011, 12:12
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The General Legal Council

2nd Floor, No. 7 Walpole Street, Freetown. generallegalcouncil@.qmail.com

Press Release

 

The General Legal Council wishes to inform the public that its attention is being drawn upon receipt of several complaints or allegations in respect of individuals, entities etc who hold themselves out as being eligible to practice law in Sierra Leone. As both a supervisory and regulatory body over both legal practice and legal practitioners within Sierra Leone, the Council wishes to reiterate to the general public in unequivocal terms the following provisions in Section 21 of The Legal Practitioners Act, 2000:

    That practising or acting as a legal practitioner without previously being qualified; or

    That wilfully pretending to be, by employing or taking or using any name, title, addition or description which implies that you are duly qualified to practice or to act as a legal practitioner or you are recognized by law as so qualified;is an offence for which the penalty is a fine not exceeding one million Leones or a term of imprisonment not exceeding one year or both fine and imprisonment.

 

The General Legal Council grossly frowns at the above acts or misrepresentations and therefore wishes to express its absolute intolerance to any such pretences or acts by anyone or anybody or entity, legal or quasi-legal. The Council further wishes to use this medium to sternly warn the general public to desist forthwith from dealing with or engaging the services of such persons or entities not duly qualified to practise law in Sierra Leone in order not to attract the offence of complicity to commit the aforementioned crime.

 

Meanwhile, the General Legal Council wishes to inform legal practitioners that it has commenced rigorously thorough investigation into the aforesaid allegations or complaints and would if need be, press for the prosecution of alleged offenders.The General Legal Council kindly solicits the co-operation of the general public in its fight against unqualified persons/bodies poised to bringing the legal profession into disrepute.


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