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24.08.2005 Crime & Punishment

Lawyers advised to examine documents critically before signing them


Sekondi, Aug. 24, GNA - Mr Justice George E. Koomson, a circuit court judge has advised lawyers to critically read and examine any legal documents before stamping and appending their signatures on them. He said it was dangerous for any lawyer to sign any document without reading and understanding the contents.

"Some lawyers even sign documents at the court premises without reading the full contents and cannot defend such documents, when problems arise" he stressed.

Justice Koomson gave the advice during civil court proceedings at Sekondi on Monday.

He said many indentures and other land documents submitted to the courts and mostly signed and stamped by lawyers were later discovered to be fake or full of errors.

"Don't relegate these important functions to unqualified people and some court officials to perform on your behalf," he advised. Justice Koomson noted that indentures, wills and other vital documents must be drafted and signed by qualified lawyers "since you may be called upon to defend such documents during litigations and doubt". He reminded them that the stamp of any lawyer was their seal of authenticity and should not be used to endorse any document that they do not know its entire contents. 24 Aug. 05