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Lawyer berated for missing court hearings
26 May 2017
A criminal lawyer has appeared in a Singapore court facing a whopping 28 charges of improper conduct.
The Law Society of Singapore brought the charges against lawyer Udeh Kumar Sethuraju. In one matter, the lawyer forgot to tell his client about a hearing. Kumar subsequently advised the client to provide a doctor's note to the court as a false excuse. The Law Society brought a range of other charges against Kumar including misleading the court, wasting the court's time and being absent from hearings.
Aside from the 28 charges, he was doing really well
In Kumar's defence, his lawyer said that he was very hardworking but made mistakes due to mismanagement of his cases. However, even his lawyer conceded that Kumar had behaved in a "
One of the presiding judges lambasted Kumar saying that the problem went beyond poor management, and that the lawyer seemed to have a "
disregard for the court
", adding that it was "
not a case of an occasional lapse
". The court struck Kumar off the roll for his "
" to fulfil his duties as a lawyer.
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