A total of 96 lawyers were enrolled as advocates of the High Court presided over by the Chief Registrar, Sarah Langu Siu, at the Judiciary headquarters, Kampala.
In strict accordance with COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures, the enrollment exercise was conducted in two shifts.
The Chief Registrar congratulated the new advocates and in a special way thanked the president Uganda Law Society (ULS) for helping her organise this function.
She emphasized the fact that the new advocates should practice with integrity and respect, remember their duty to court, clients and the community. “Be patient and support the Judiciary to fight challenges of backlog and corruption.”
HW Langa urged the new officers of court to uphold ethics of the legal trade. “This is the second lot I have enrolled since I assumed office. I am depending on you to make me proud. Please spare me the embarrassment of making cancellation orders of your practicing certificates,” she said.
The Chief Registrar’s call was reiterated by Mr Aaron Motoka, who represented the Law Council. He urged the advocates to be professional in their work by maintaining proper conduct, practice in approved law chambers and steer clear of any offences that may drag them to the disciplinary committee.
“You are now different from the people on the streets, therefore, speak, act and walk like lawyers. Use your legal spects and knowledge to be independent and honest,” he said.
The ULS President, Pheona Wall Nabasa, commended the Chief Registrar for prioritizing the enrollment exercise. She further encouraged the newly enrolled Advocates to be committed, ethical and available in order to offer justice to the community.
“This country needs you. Decide and identify which kind of advocate you want to be and this profession will be good for you. To be a good advocate, write down whatever you want to be written about you and always remind yourself as you perform your duties,” she said.
Each of the new officers court registered their names in a book of advocates in order to be issued practicing certificates.