Attorney Joseph S. Doe, one of several lawyers who have been extorting thousands of United States dollars from people that have gone to court to seek justice, got the shock of his criminal behavior when he was suspended by the Supreme Court from the practice of law for a period of twelve months (12).
The high court’s decision came on Wednesday, March 3, after it approved the recommendation of the Grievance &Ethic Committee asking for the suspension of Atty. Doe’s license.
The Grievance & Ethics Committee alleges that Attorney Doe (respondent), while pleading one of his cases, was found in gross error when he had private discussions with the plaintiff (name withheld), wherein he was representing the defendant (name withheld), without the knowledge and consent of the defendant, who had paid him some money to plead the case on their behalf.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court said, “The conduct of Atty. Doe was in violation of Rules 9 &12 of the Code of the Moral and Ethical Conduct of Lawyers.
Therefore, the high court ruled, “The recommendation of the Grievance &Ethic Committee to suspend Atty. Doe for one year is hereby approved.”
It further instructed that Atty. Doe is accordingly suspended from the practice of law directly or indirectly within the Republic of Liberia from the period of twelve calendar months.
“The clerk of this court is ordered to inform Atty. Doe of the decision, and also mandated to inform the Association of Trial Judges in Liberia and the Liberian National Bar Association of this decision.”
The high court also explained that the provision within the 1986 Constitution grants and guarantees the right of appeal to everyone, the right of appeal from a judgment, decree, decision or ruling of any court or administrative board or agency in all matters or controversies, except the Supreme Court shall be held inviolable.
Contrary to the law, the high court said, Atty. Doe in that case was in gross error when he failed and refused to announce an appeal in favor of his client, stressing, “The conduct of Attorney Doe is in violation of Rules nine and twelve of the Code for the Moral and Ethical Conduct of lawyers.”
Moreover, the court said, the Code for the Moral and Ethical Conduct of a lawyer is the guiding instrument that governs the behaviors of lawyers to ensure that they uphold the rule of law, and are held accountable to the society and the party they represent.