All legal practitioners who have not renewed their practicing certificates for the legal year of 2012 have been urged to do so or face the wrath of public shame.
In a letter dated 30th of January, the Law Society of Botswana (LSB) secretariat has written to law firms across the country advising them to regularize immediately.
In a subtle tone, LSB says that members who do not renew their practicing certificates could suffer the indignity of being paraded in the press as non complying legal practitioners.
The letters dispatched to different law firms across the country is signed by the society’s executive secretary, Tebogo Moipolai.
Moipolai said that only lawyers holding practicing certificates are entitled to practice and that the society has to caution the public about those Attorneys who are not entitled to practice.
“At the AGM on the 11th December 2011 it was resolved that, coinciding with the opening of the legal year, the Society has a duty to advice members of the Public of practitioners who are not entitled to practice in that year,” says Moipolai.
Every year lawyers have to submit their audited books of accounts to the law society to enable the register and Master of the High Court, Godfrey Nthomiwa, to issue a practicing certificate.
The opening of the legal year will commence next week Tuesday during which the names of those who have not submitted books of accounts will be published.
Last year, a number of prominent lawyers, who had failed to renew their practices before time, took the law Society to Court for publishing their names. They argued the move was illegal and motivated by malice.
“It was emphasized that for certainty and in order to avoid accusations of victimization and favouritism, the list should be published on this day without fail,” the letter from Moipolai reads in part.