Another dodgy lawyer | The Jackal

21 Nov 2012

Another dodgy lawyer

Yesterday, the NZ Herald reported:

An Auckland barrister charged with traffic offences denied to reporters that he practises law in New Zealand - before walking to another courtroom to represent a client.

Satendra Prakash Singh, 60, appeared briefly in courtroom five at the Auckland District Court this morning to face charges of careless operation of a vehicle and drink driving.


Singh would not say if he would defend the allegations or why he denied practising as a lawyer in New Zealand.

He is charged with careless operation of a vehicle and driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit - 80 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood - on July 15.

Lying to the media is a pretty serious accusation, and if true shows that Singh is not the kind of person we want practicing law in New Zealand.

When the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 (PDF) states that lawyers must facilitate the administration of justice in New Zealand, that means they must be honest in all their undertakings. Facilitating the administration of justice is not limited to the courts alone.

Being that Singh is obviously not fit to be a lawyer, he should lose his practicing certificate. Clearly Singh has failed to adhere to the fundamental obligation of all lawyers to uphold the rule of law, and in doing so gives all lawyers a bad name.