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Lawyers and the fight against ethical ambiguity

  • Bagus Aditya

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Jakarta   /   Tue, July 28, 2020   /  09:02 am
Lawyers and the fight against ethical ambiguity No show: The lawyer for fugitive and graft convict Djoko S. Tjandra, Andy Putra Kusuma (second left), speaks to presiding judge Hakim Nazar Effriandi at the South Jakarta District Court on July 20. The lawyer asked for a delay to the hearing of Djoko’s case review motion due to the latter’s illness in Kuala Lumpur. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

In a democratic society, everybody has a right to a fair trial and people have a right to counsel. The state will allow them to have a lawyer if they can find one they can afford. Every suspected terrorist, mass murderer or corrupt official needs a lawyer. But, how do you defend a person who you know is guilty? Some lawyers think of themselves like a doctor. If a patient enters the emergency ward, the doctor will take care of him or her. A lawyer does not defend a crime, but a criminal. Their defense is not an endorsement of those crimes. According to Law 18/2003 on advocate, lawyers are also law enforcers. This idea highlights a very important dual role that lawyers serve that a lot of people tend to forget, especially clients. Lawyers do not represent clients’ interests at all costs. There are certain things that lawyers are not allowed to do, even if it is in the interest ...

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