2ND July 2019 / Juba, South Sudan
On behalf of the Chairperson of the South Sudan Bar Association (SSBA), who is, the Ex officio Chairperson of the Bar Council (BC), and on behalf of the Entire Members of the Executive Committee of the South Sudan Bar Association, and my dear colleagues in the profession of Legal practice, I welcome you to this Press Conference and the Press Release; which is being held purposely for announcement and release of the Active List of Advocates for the Year 2019.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the press
The South Sudan Bar Association (SSBA) announces the roll of practicing advocates for the year 2019 as well as the conduct of its Extraordinary General Assembly scheduled for august 2019.
The roll of advocates dictates the names of licensed lawyers who have subscribed for practice every year. The yearly roll of advocates is published and copied to the offices of the chief justice of the Republic of South Sudan as well as the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development as per the provisions of the Advocates Act 2013.
The South Sudan Bar Association is mandated by the Advocates Act of 2013 to carryout and conducts this exercise of renewal and release the list of advocates who are entitled to practice law in the country every year in accordance with Law.
Section 13 of the Advocates Act, 2013 reads as follows:
Validity of License: “A license for practice as an advocate shall be valid for a period of one year, commencing from the date of its issuance and may be renewed yearly after payment of fess prescribed in schedule II of this Act.”
In line with the foregoing, I hereby declare the Active List of Advocates who have renewed their Licenses for the Year 2019 comprising of names attached in the list including the newly licensed advocates who have completed their one year training and hence awarded a licensed to practice law.
Base on this attached list, any advocate in South Sudan, who have not yet renewed his license for this year is not considered an advocate in South Sudan and thus will have no right to maintain or open an office, or solicit clients, appear in Courts or before Public Prosecution Attorneys, or even before the Police or traffic officers in answering to any legal issues.
Thus far, we are alerting the public and our ordinary citizens who may have legal problems or concerns to checkout with our published list of active advocates for this year before engaging with any advocate to determine whether he/she is a licensed lawyer to practice or work as an advocate or not. This is significantly important because a citizen may go to see an advocate and pay him/her the fees to represent him/her in court or before a governmental institution, and thereafter may discover that the advocate, he/ she is dealing with has not renewed his/ her license and as such cannot appear for that particular case, so this could lead to embarrassment and loss of rights.
Moreover, and for public information: Section 26 (1) of the Advocates Act, 2013 alerts us all of the fact that an advocate shall renew his/her license at the end of January every year, failure to renew his/her license, the license shall be deemed to have been suspended until renewed.
In exercising this duty of renewing license, we are predominantly relying on the Act which confers upon the Bar a duty, not only towards our colleagues in the profession, but also to our other partners in the field of justice, such as the judges in the Judiciary, Public Prosecution Attorneys in the Ministry of Justice, in addition to other sisterly organizations within our national boundaries, within the region; such as the Law Society of East Africa, East Africa Court of Justice, and the international legal bodies and organizations that are working tirelessly towards upholding the rule of law in our beloved country, South Sudan.
Finally, we want to reiterate that this Press Release and pronouncement of the Active List of Advocates for the Year 2019, is not baring out advocates who have not come to renew their licenses from renewing them. They are welcomed any time to come and renew to keep them active in this noble profession. However, any advocate who may choose to defy the renewal procedures and our mandate to renew, may not only risk his/her advocate’s license being suspended or revoked, but also shall have his/her name struck off from the Roll of Advocates.
The extra ordinary meeting of the General Assembly is being called to order as per the resolutions of the Bar meeting No: 10 held on 20th June 2019 at the Bar headquarters in Juba, South Sudan.
The meeting of the General Assembly shall discuss the following on its agenda;
The audited report of the Bar;
Strategic plan for the next five years;
Discussing and approving rules and regulations;
And any other business
The Extraordinary Meeting of the General Assembly of the Bar shall be conducted on 3rd August 2019 at New Sudan Palace.
All the licensed advocates are invited for the meeting on the date mentioned hereinabove.
The South Sudan Bar Association (SSBA) is a principal regulator for legal practice in the Republic of South Sudan established by Advocates Act 2013.
KIMO AJING ABA GOC
South Sudan Bar Association (SSBA)
Juba, South Sudan
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Chairperson South Sudan Bar Association (SSBA),
Secretary General, South Sudan Bar Association (SSBA),
Secretary for Advocates’ & States Affairs (SSBA).