The 60-year old jurist, according to a government release, said, “I intend to apply the legal principles, apply law logic and good sound objective judicial reasoning which I have learnt and practiced in the United Kingdom.”
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A public disciplinary tribunal has this week ordered the disbarment of a barrister for intentionally misleading his client by drafting false grounds of appeal – despite knowing there were none.
The tribunal panel heard that Mr Rabi Sukul, of Balham Chambers, London, drafted a document to the Court of Appeal setting out initial grounds for an appeal on behalf of his client who had been convicted of drugs-related offences.
Mr Sukul then failed to set out these grounds in detail, despite being requested to do so by the Court of Appeal.
The tribunal heard that Mr Sukul had acted with “the intention of misleading the client”.
The independent five-person tribunal, chaired by His Honour Michael Baker QC, found by a unanimous verdict that Mr Sukul had intentionally misled his client and engaged in conduct likely to bring the barristers’ profession into disrepute.
Head of Professional Conduct at the Bar Standards Board, Sara Down said: “Our duty as a regulator is, first and foremost, to protect the public and safeguard the client. Because of his behaviour, Mr Sukul not only potentially gave his client false hope of a possible appeal against his conviction, but acted counter to his obligation not to knowingly or recklessly mislead the court. For the public to have confidence in the justice system, they must be able to have confidence in the person representing them. We believe that the independent panel has made absolutely the right decision.”
The hearing took place on Monday 3 February 2014.
Newly appointed Justice of Appeal promises objective judicial reasoning
July 27, 2013 | By KNews | Filed Under News
With 25 years of legal practice in the United Kingdom, Guyana-born Justice Rabi Shankar Sukul will be working to augment the local justice sector following his appointment as a Justice of Appeal yesterday.
He took the oath of office yesterday before President Donald Ramotar in the presence of his spouse, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall, Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee, Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag) Carl Singh, Director of Public Prosecution Shalimar Ali-Hack and others in the judicial system.