The Chief Registrar Sarah Langa Siu on Friday officiated at the function where 133 lawyers were enrolled as Advocates of the High Court.
Presiding over the function, Langa welcomed the lawyers to the noble profession and asked them to continue being ethical throughout their practice on top of assisting the Judiciary wherever need arises.
“As you are all aware, judiciary has new leadership faced with longstanding challenges like case backlog and corruption – perceived and actual. As newly enrolled advocates, come and be part of the solution and not the problem,” Langa said.
She pointed out that some programs in the Judiciary have not been successful as expected due to lack of interest by the advocates.
“Never forget your duty to court, your clients and the community. As an officer of the court, you are expected to assist the court to reach a just decision. You are expected to put aside your clients’ interests for the greater cause of justice,” she added.
Langa asked the advocates to ensure that they are always prepared before appearing in court especially during this era of economic hardships were everybody wants to take on as many cases as possible.
“Please be patient especially in the need to accumulate wealth. You cannot want to be at the same level or drive the same car with an advocate who has practiced for thirty years. If you try, it means you will cut corners or engage in unethical practices,” Langa further warned.
At the same function, she congratulated Pheona Wall, the newly elected Uganda Law Society President and her Executives for having won people’s trust and thus asked them to deliver beyond expectations.
Pheona Wall asked the enrolled advocates to ensure that they use their profession to assist all members of society seeking for justice regardless of their status.
“William Scott Downey rightly states that, ‘Law without justice is a wound without a cure.’ As advocates, can we be the efficient implementation cure of the injustice that prevails in our Country as we avail ourselves to all those that need the necessary aid from our side?” she posed.
Wall further advised the lawyers not to get tired of learning new things because learning doesn’t not end with their enrollment.
“In the same spirit, I accordingly implore you to join the Uganda Law Society Clusters on the various social media channels as well as the ULS Young Lawyers Mentorship Program. Armed with the above, our idea is to ensure that you are exposed to a wealth of knowledge from all corners,” Wall said.
Being that both the Chief Registrar and Law Society President have just assumed their offices, this has been their first enrollment exercise.