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Yes, Cameroon’s bar forbids the display of lawyers’ robes on political advertisement posters

Yes, Cameroon’s bar forbids the display of lawyers’ robes on political advertisement posters

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Paru le mardi, 28 janvier 2020 17:50

After using pictures of themselves in a lawyer's robe in posters for upcoming electoral campaigns, a candidate could face severe sanctions from the bar.

Since the start of campaigns for the legislative and municipal elections which are scheduled for next February 9, a lawyer who is a candidate for a political party has reportedly been ordered by the Cameroon Bar Association to remove his posters. True or false?

The information is true. The order is addressed to Daniel Ngambi Daniel, a trainee lawyer in Yaoundé. A non-confidential letter sent to him on 24 January, with the following subject: "Request to remove all advertising materials and posters bearing your photo in lawyer's robe."

In the correspondence, Charles Patie Tchakoute, the Bâtonnier, wrote: "In your capacity as trainee-lawyer, you have been taught about the professional costume of the lawyer, of which the robe is a part. Unless you have been assiduous in the training sessions, from which the Council of the Order will draw all the consequences on your professional future, I remind you that the lawyer's robe cannot be associated with political issues."

The President of the Bar reminds us that the lawyer's robe may only be worn or highlighted in circumstances enshrined in law, custom and tradition. The political field is excluded.

S.A.

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