Kano Shariah court authority set to punish erring lawyers , for improper dressing…. Speaks tough


Kano Shariah court  judicial authorities vows  to penalize   erring lawyers for improper dressing…. Speaks tough

By Abdulgafar Oladimeji

Kano  Shariah Court of Appeal has stated  that lawyers who fail to dress appropriately,  when  appearing  before the courts  would be sanctioned accordingly.

The chief registrar, Shariah Court of Appeal, Kano, Abubakar Haruna Khalil in an official missive  dated 15th   December 2021,addressed to the courts and inspectors,  a copy made available to our correspondent  had frowned at what the chief registrar described as the incessant cases of improper dressing by lawyers appearing before Kano Shariah court judges.

The letter with reference no  SCA/Court/92/1/106 decried the continuous violation of the provisions of  rules 6 of the  Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners, stressing that the method of dressing by  lawyers is a strong determinant in  attracting respect for  and promoting  the noble profession.

He stated that , male lawyers appearing before the  Shariah courts are mandated to  appear  dressed in black suit, white shirt with winged collars, white bib , black  socks,  black stripped black trousers.

Khalil further said female lawyers should also comply with the rules by    appearing  before the courts in  white blouse,  dark jacket preferably black, with black shoes and white bib.

Adding that  there “ should be no embroidery of any type and moderate jewelry.”

“in both cases counsel shall appear legally and refrain from any apparel not specifically mentioned above or provided  by any regulation made by the bar council or body of benchers.”

The chief registrar cautioned that “ as of today the foregoing remains the only mode of dressing approved for lawyers appearing before the courts.

Khalil  then warned that “ take notice , therefore, that any lawyer who fails or neglects to comply may not be granted the right  of audience, henceforth in the Shariah Court of Appeal, Upper Shariah and Shariah  Courts in Kano state.”



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