their task requires diligence, commitment and a high degree of meticulousness.
“We are required by law and our conscience to perform this task to the best of our ability regardless of the challenges we are faced with,” Forkeyoh said, noting, “our work is human rights-related; therefore we are required to serve humanity with sincerity and without favor.”
He pointed out that public defenders should do their work “without requesting a dime from people they represent and do so as though they are receiving millions of United States dollars.”
NAPDL president made the statement over the weekend following his induction into office as NAPDL president.
He then urged public defenders to conduct themselves at the various circuits as gentlemen lawyers, exhibit humility and respect for judges, coordinators, lawyers, and party litigants.
”Do your best to promote the rule of law in your circuits, do your best in making sure that your conduct does not bring the public defenders or the judiciary and the entire justice system into public disrepute,” he advised.