INTIMIDATING COURTS

Conflicted political lawyers

Intimidation shows its face in the form of those who hold positions in government.

In Summary
  • After the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution came the so-called ‘big hat lawyers’. These include advocates who have all manner of political seats.
  • Their roles are conflicted. They sit in Parliament and vet the same judges who they appear before for orders and judicial guidance, and to plead their clients’ cases.

Picture this: A senior lawyer who happens to be a politician attends to an accused client from his GK vehicle, which the client has paid for because he is in that privileged position. Better yet, a ...

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