The position of Senior Advocate is an honour not for oppression –Adegboruwa
Newly conferred Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, on Sunday, has called on Senior lawyers to be frontliners in the preservation of the rule of law and the Justice system in the Nigerian Judiciary.
Adegboruwa made the call at a thanksgiving ceremony in appreciation to God for his conferment as Ssenior Advocate.
The event was held at the Grace Garden event Centre in Lekki Lagos.
Speaking with NAN Adegboruwa thanked the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee, as well as the Honourable Chief Judge, for finding him worthy of the rank.
He described the rank of SAN as a rank of distinction and excellence in the legal profession, and not a rank for oppression or disregard for the rule of law.
“My message to my colleagues is that as leaders of the Bar, we must be at the forefront of justice dispensation especially in relation to the less privileged.
“There is a lot of misconception about the role of SAN; the court is the owner of its proceedings and should direct and take charge; we as lawyers are only instruments of the court.
“We must not use our position to frustrate due administration of justice or to surpress our colleagues,”
According to him, “The position of Senior Advocate must be used with great humility and caution; we must not engage in the filing of frivolous applications with a tendency to delay proceedings,”
He said that although efforts are being made to “stem the tide ” of abuses of court processes, Senior Advocates must ensure that they promote the cause of justice at all times.
In the same vein, his wife Mrs Oreka, urged the judiciary to truly depict its role as a last resort of the common man especially as a new legal year had just begun for the judiciary.
She urged that the courts be bold enough to turn out what she described as “Judgments full of Judgement” adding that the judiciary must ensure it grows the confidence of the public rather than allow it wane.
The event had in attendance The Oba of Lagos State, His Royal Highness, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, High Court Judges, Senior lawyers, as well as senior pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
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