At the 9th meeting on November 7, 2009, the Bar Council, and after much discussion on the problems faced by lawyers with the current state of affairs, will be calling an EGM on December 12. The EGM will, among others, discuss issues on how cases are being handled by the Judiciary.
BC has done its best to engage the Judiciary on the issues but complaints have still been forthcoming. We are left with really no choice but to call this EGM.
The position of the Bar is clear – the speedy disposal of cases is encouraged and welcomed. No problems with that. It is a good change from the past. Cases are moving like never before.
But it has now gone “overboard”, and is a burden especially on sole proprietors. Lawyers are complaining. It seems judges are complaining too! Fettering judicial discretion, refusing reasonable requests for adjournments, setting short timelines for submission, and forcing lawyers to run a few cases in a day or having them “farm out” their cases to others, are some general laments.
Please attend and bring with you constructive suggestions to find a way out of this impasse. More information on the EGM will be on the Bar website. MARK your diaries now.