Rule 2(5)When advising a client, a lawyer shall not knowingly assist in or encourage any dishonesty, fraud, crime, or illegal conduct, or instruct the client on how to violate the law and avoid punishment.Rule 4(2)When acting as an advocate, a lawyer shall not......(b) knowingly assist or permit the client to do anything that the lawyer considers to be dishonest or dishonourable,...(e) knowingly attempt to deceive a tribunal or influence the course of justice by offering false evidence, misstating facts or law, presenting or relying upon a false or deceptive affidavit, suppressing what ought to be disclosed, or otherwise assisting in any fraud, crime, or illegal conduct,...(g) knowingly assert as true a fact when its truth cannot reasonably be supported by the evidence or as a matter of which notice may be taken by the tribunal,
Sunday, October 03, 2010
A recent article by Rosalind Conway in the Law Times, A Criminal Mind: What to do when a client lies to you?, takes on what for most lawyers will invariably be a sticky issue.
Like it or not, this is something many legal professionals are likely to confront, sooner or later.
Focussing largely on the criminal law context, the article provides some sage advice that is equally applicable to counsel acting in all courts and tribinals:
- Robert Tanha and Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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