In an interview with The Chronicle yesterday, Law Society of Zimbabwe president Mr Misheck Hogwe said they have barred 40 lawyers from practising for various reasons. He said they were publishing the list to protect members of the public from unregistered legal practitioners.
From the list published, there are 27 lawyers from Harare, five from Bulawayo and the rest from different towns. Said Hogwe:
As the Law Society, we take stock to check which lawyers do not have PCs. If any of them have been practising, we charge them. So by publishing the list we want to protect the public. What we do is that at the beginning of each year, we renew Practising Certificates and before a lawyer can obtain a Practising Certificate, their law firm should have a clean audit certificate. Besides the audit certificate, the lawyer has to pay Practising certificate fees and subscriptions. So I would not say that a PC is not granted for one reason because they vary. For lawyers whose status reads ‘Application Denied’, they might be having pending acts of misconduct or their audit certificates are not clean.
Misheck Hogwe is a Zimbabwean lawyer and the current president of the Law Society of Zimbabwe. Read More About Misheck Hogwe