Professional ethics in law

Professional ethics circumscribes a moral cipher governing the conduct of persons included in the practice of law as well as persons involved in the legal zone. All the people of the legal profession have an important responsibility or obligation towards the court and towards the administration of justice. This duty succeeds over all other duties, especially in the situations where there may be a dispute of duties. It is important that lawyers conduct themselves with good mannerism, uprightness, provide proper assistance to the court, and envelope public confidence in the legal system. In carrying out their obligations, they are required and expected to deal with several members of the legal profession with courtesy and with good mannerism. Advocates are not only professionals but are also officers of the court and play a big role in providing administration of justice to the system.

Apparently, the set of rules that guards their professional conduct comes out of the obligations that they owe towards the court, their clients, their opponents and the other advocates. Rules that an advocate needs to maintain on the professional basis are mentioned in Chapter II, Part VI of the Bar Council of India Rules. These Rules have been provided under section 49(1)(c) of the Advocates Act, 1961.

Duties of an advocate towards the Court.
Act in a noble manner
An advocate must behave in a noble and respectful manner during the time of his case as well as while acting before the court. He should demeanour himself with self-respect. Whenever there is a ground for complaint against a judicial officer, the advocate has a duty to give in his grievance to the concerned authorities.

Respect the Court
The advocate must show his respect towards the Court. He or she has to keep in mind that the dignity and respect towards the judicial officer are necessary for the survival of a free group.

There shouldn’t be any communication in private
The advocate should not communicate with the judicial officer in private regarding any case pending before the court. The advocate should not disobey the decision of a court in any matter through illegal or improper acts such as coercion, bribe, etc.

They should refuse to represent the clients who insist them on any unfair means of practice
An advocate shall refuse to represent the client who urges on using illegal or dirty means. He shall be noble in using his language in resemblance and arguments before the court. He shall not scandalously defame the reputation of the parties on false grounds during the pleadings.

They should appear in a proper dress code before the court
advocate should be present at all times in the court only in the proper dress code prescribed by the Bar Council of India Rules, and the dress code must be neat and tidy.

He should not represent the foundation of which he is a member
An advocate should not appear before the court, for or against any foundation in which he is a member. But this rule doesn’t applies in the case of appointment as an ‘Amicus Curiae’ or without a fee on behalf of the Bar Council.

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