Bamwine warns new lawyers on misconduct

LDC graduates celebrate during one of the institution’s graduation ceremony in Kampala recently. File photo

KAMPALA- Principal Judge Yorokamu Bamwine has cautioned graduates of the Law Development Centre (LDC) to refrain from unethical behaviour.

Speaking during a graduation ceremony at the LDC campus in Old Kampala on Thursday, Justice Bamwine advised the graduates not to emulate unscrupulous lawyers who have damaged the image of the law profession in the country.

“It is important that judges and lawyers in the private practice respect and honour the profession in order to maintain confidence in the system. Nobody is above the law,” Justice Bamwine said in his speech.

He further asked the graduates to report any errant judicial officer to the appropriate authorities for disciplinary action.

A total number of 925 students graduated, with the best students being awarded various prizes for excellence.

‘Amicable conflict resolution’
Speaking at the same function, the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire, encouraged the graduates to promote amicable resolution of conflicts using the law and avoid opportunism.

“Every issue in the law can be resolved by the process of discussion. We need to start having discussions that will help resolve issues by forces of legal argument instead of using the forces of arms,” Maj Gen Otafiire said.

The President of Uganda Law Society, Ms Ruth Sebatindira, told the graduates to be creative in the field of law and acquire entrepreneurial skills to help them shape their future.

The director of Law Development Centre, Mr Frank Nigel Othembi, called for high integrity among the graduates.
Mr Othembi said excellent performance among the students increased to 85 per cent in the concluded academic year, up from 35 per cent the previous year.


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