LAZ threaten to revoke licences of lawyers who continue comment on suspended judges
LAWYERS risk having their licences revoked if they continue commenting on the recent suspension of three judges and the setting up of a tribunal without permission from the association’s council, the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has warned.
LAZ president James Banda said in an internal circular yesterday, addressed to all legal practitioners, that lawyers should stop expressing their opinion publicly without the permission the LAZ council.
Mr Banda urged all members to immediately refrain from issuing statements to the media on any legal subject, including the recent event concerning the suspension of the three judges and the subsequent setting up of a tribunal to investigate their alleged misconduct.
Last week, President Michael Sata appointed a tribunal to be chaired by Malawian judge Lovemore Chikopa with members Thomas Ndhlovu and Naboth Mwanza, both retired judges, and Chipili Katunasa as secretary.
The tribunal would investigate alleged impropriety involving Supreme Court Judge Phillip Musonda and High Court judges Charles Kajimanga and Nigel Mutuna.
“The Law Association of Zambia notes with great concern that it has become common practice for lawyers to speak off-the-cuff and express their opinion publicly without obtaining permission of the council or legal practitioners committee,” Mr Banda
[Times of Zambia]