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Exemption of govít attorneys irks LSB

The exemption of attorneys employed by the government and parastatals from holding a practicing certificate and paying fees and subscriptions to their professional body continues to be a sore thorn for the Law Society of Botswana (LSB).
By Mpho Mokwape Tue 14 Feb 2017, 16:05 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Exemption of govít attorneys irks LSB








The LSB as the mother body for practicing attorneys says the exemption of this group was discriminatory and may be unconstitutional.

Kgalalelo Monthe, the LSB chairperson during his recent address at the legal year opening said while the attorneys enjoy full benefits of membership, including voting and holding office, they are exempted from fulfilling other duties.

He said it was unfortunate that the attorneys are exempted from holding practicing certificate and from payment of fees and subscriptions provided for in the Legal Practitioners Act (LPA).

“In our view there is no plausible reason for the exemption because in all other professions, all members are obliged to pay their dues to the professional body they belong to in order to be able to practice,” he explained.

Monthe noted that the society has over the years engaged with government over the issue of exemption without any success.

He said without giving up it

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has therefore resolved to make a further attempt to engage the government again.

“If the matter still remains unresolved, we may resort to litigation as the exemption is discriminatory and may be unconstitutional,” he said.

On practicing attorneys, Monthe said they needed to realise that adherence to the law, rules and regulations of the profession as well as ethical conduct was what makes the profession honourable.

He emphasised that it was for that reason that the public trusts them with their hard earned money, their confidential information and trust that they will receive proper advice.

Monthe said they have resolved that none among practitioners should be allowed to tarnish the name of the profession.

The society will continue to ensure effective discipline of those that fall foul of the provisions and regulations of the LPA whilst protecting and supporting those of our members who consistently comply,” he said.

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