Archive for March 29, 2019

By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Juba, South Sudan

Friday, March 29, 2019 (PW) — A lawyer is a licensed professional who advises and represents others in legal matter, one as counselor, solicitor, attorney, barrister or advocate. Under a contract of service, a lawyer owes duty to his client, to the court and also to his firm.

In order for legal assistance to be effective, it must be carried out independently. To this end, international law establishes safeguards aimed at ensuring the independence of the individual lawyer, as well as the profession as a whole.

However, the continuing challenges facing the criminal justice system in South Sudan raises a sizeable number of questions about the adequacy of the country’s criminal justice system.