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