Duties of Advocates towards Court and Client
Advocate has to represent the clients in courts. Advocate is supposed to appear in court on their behalf and provide them court services. “Power of Attorneys” are provided to such Advocates/Lawyers. Advocates can only be Emirati citizens and they are also only allowed to open Law Offices(except few conditions like Arbitration Firms only). Law Firms in Dubai has to be licensed by Legal Affairs Department. Law Firms in Dubai have to be registered with “Economic Development Department” as well. It is called as Department of Economic Department DED.
Who are the Advocates?
The term advocate is widely used and extensively understood within the circles of law. The general public is also aware of such terminologies. However, they cannot make visible distinctions between interchangeably used terminologies used for legal personnel having profound expertise in the field of law. Lawyers, attorneys, advocates, barristers, legal consultants are often perceived to be designated with exactly similar legal tasks and duties. However, there are stark differences that exist between these legal professionals and their job descriptions.
An advocate is one such term that one can easily use alternatively for a lawyer. However, there exists a visible contrast in terms of their authorization and practice spectrum. In the UAE, legal advocates are the legal representatives who are legally certified to prosecute, present and defend the client’s case before the court. By utilizing the legal expertise of such licensed lawyers, people of the UAE get a fair trial, lawful treatment, and justice that they truly deserve by law. Moreover, the UAE’s legal system provides a strong legal back to the victimized individuals through these advocacy services. Only an Emirati Citizen can be a Legal Advocate or also called a Lawyer sometimes. Advocates or Lawyers in Dubai and throughout UAE, have to meet certain steps defined by the Law. Even if those points are not met by the Emirati Citizen pursuing a career in Law, can not get his license as an “Advocate”. Legal Consultants can be different people. An expatriate can also be a legal consultant, but he has to get a license. A simple Law graduate with legal knowledge can not share the advice unless he gets the license from the Ministry of Justice/Bar.
Furthermore, these legal professionals become the voices of the distressed and suppressed individuals who seek the judicial system for the restoration of their rights. They seem to be the last hope for those people as well who want to clear the false charges made against them by the opposing party. The judicial bench thus takes into account the stance, claims, and wishes of both the parties through their respective hired legal representatives and gives a verdict based on facts, figures, and upholding of judicial values. Apart from all this, the UAE’s legal infrastructure expects that the advocates follow a code of conduct. It is an amalgamation of their legal responsibilities as well as the obligations they hold to the client who hires their services and compensates them accordingly. These duties focus on moral, ethical, and righteous conduct to be displayed by the advocates in all circumstances. Moreover, they are responsible to show the client’s representation through their court attendance. They are also obligated to timely present the case inscriptions essential to the case proceedings. Lastly, an advocate’s duty has to uphold the client’s honour at all levels, under all circumstances.