Given Lubinda calls some Zambian lawyers, quacks

Peter Cottan and Hon Given Lubinda
Peter Cottan and Hon Given Lubinda

Government says it prefers to have a smaller number of quality lawyers practising law in Zambia than having a multitude of quacks pretending to be lawyers.

Justice Minister Given Lubinda says it is an injustice to have a multitude of quacks pretending to be providers of legal services in the Country.

Mr. Lubinda says despite the low pass rate at the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE), Legal Practitioners’ Qualifying Examinations (LPQE) course should not, therefore, be made porous.

He states that government is against the LPQE course is accessible to those not worthy of being called to the Zambian bar and practising law.

Mr. Lubinda says this is in much as there is need to ensure that the student rules are harmonized with the legal framework, the current needs of the 21st century learner and needs of the legal profession.

He has disclosed that to this effect he has not proposed to ZIALE in any way a compromise of quality of lawyers in the Country.

The Justice Minister was speaking this morning in Lusaka at the second stakeholders’ consultative meeting to review the second draft of the Student rules as contained in the Legal Practitioner Act.

And Mr. Lubinda has thanked ZIALE council and management for their effort in bringing the needed reform to the LPQE course and the ZIALE in general.

Among those attending the second stakeholders’ consultative meeting, include Attorney General Likando Kalaluka, Solicitor General Abraham Mwansa and ZIALE Director Ann Malata-Ononuju.