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Notes on Bar-Bench Relationship

Notes on Bar-Bench Relationship

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Published by Ibrahim Barkindo
Notes prepared for Sharia Court Judges in Nigeria aimed at enlightening them on who a lawyer is and what he does and particularly his work in the court.

The course aims at meding sour Bar-Bench Relationships in Sharia Courts.
Notes prepared for Sharia Court Judges in Nigeria aimed at enlightening them on who a lawyer is and what he does and particularly his work in the court.

The course aims at meding sour Bar-Bench Relationships in Sharia Courts.

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Published by: Ibrahim Barkindo on May 29, 2009
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 NOTES
ON
BAR-BENCH RELATIONSHIP
FOR SHARIA COURT JUDGES
BASIC (SPECIAL) JUDICIALCOURSE
CENTRE FOR ISLAMIC LEGAL STUDIES
AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA
Prepared by:Ibrahim Barkindo.
 
CONTENTS 
1.Introduction2.Meaning of Bar and BenchWho is a Lawyer and what he doesa)Barrister/Attorney/Advocate b)Solicitor/Notary/Legal Adviser, Legal Consultant:3.Bench in Nigeria4.Bar in Nigeria5.Lawyer’s Ethics6.The role of a Lawyer in court7.Duties of Counsel to court8.Contempt of court by lawyers9.Duties of Court to Counsel10.Duties of Lawyer to Client11.Duties of a Client to Lawyer 
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1.INTRODUCTION
This course is created in view of the fact that there is always an unpleasantrelationship between judges of Area/Sharia courts and lawyers. The perceived causesof the problem are lack of understanding of lawyer’s work by the judges and in mosttimes disrespect of the judges from the part of the lawyers. It is thought that one of thecauses of the problem may be overtaken if there is a better understanding of a lawyer and lawyer’s work on the part of the judges.These short notes attempts to introduce, who a lawyer is, what he does generally, hisrole in litigation and the ethics guiding his work. So that judges know them better,hence reshape their perspective of lawyers, which may lead to change of behaviour. If lawyers go contrary to their ethics, the judge knows which body controls lawyers, andhow lawyers are disciplined.The other limb of the problem needs to be tackled also i.e. towards changing lawyers’attitudes towards Sharia/Area court judges. Others need to set the ball rolling.
2.MEANING OF BAR AND BENCH
Bar means a group (association) of Lawyers. When used in relation to court, it meanslawyers, lawyer or where lawyers sit in court.Bench mean judges, the judge in court or where the judge sits in court. For our  purposes, it means the judge in court.
Who is a lawyer?
A lawyer is one whose business is law or relating to law. He is a legal practitioner i.e.one who practices law. He must be one who has a degree in law and passed law schoolexaminations and is called to the Bar (joins lawyers).The type of work that lawyers do include: representing parties to litigation in court, preparing legal documents like contracts, agreements, Deeds of sale, assignment of land, forms companies, perfection of some documents. Others include, seeking bailfor accused persons in police station, courts; writing legal opinion etc
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