What is cab-rank rule in law?
The cab rank rule means a barrister must take a case that is within their knowledge and expertise provided they are free to do so, no matter how unpalatable the case. Currently the rule only applies to barristers, but the cab rank rule is fundamental to justice.”
Do solicitors have a cab-rank rule?
And the Code of Conduct enshrines it. The cab rank rule never applied to solicitors until the Courts and Legal Services Bill, under the Thatcher government.
Why do we have the cab-rank rule?
The rule derives its name from the tradition by which a Hackney carriage driver at the head of a queue of taxicabs is obliged to take the first passenger requesting a ride.
Should the cab-rank rule be abolished?
Cab rank rule for barristers ‘should be scrapped’ according to report written by Westminster Law Professor. The rule which ensures that barristers do not pick and choose their cases, avoiding unpopular causes, is “redundant,” the Legal Services Board says.
Can barristers turn down cases?
A barrister can refuse instructions: if he lacks sufficient experience or competence to handle the matter (seems about right) if having regard to his other professional commitments he will be unable to do or will not have adequate time and opportunity to prepare that which he is required to do (again seems fair)
How does a taxi rank work?
Stands generally work as a first-come, first-served queue, so that the first taxicab to arrive on the stand (the one at the front of the line) serves the first passenger to arrive, and as the first taxicab leaves, each taxicab behind it moves ahead one spot, with the last taxicab to arrive taking the last spot.
Can a lawyer refuse a case?
Yes, a lawyer can refuse to take on any client they don’t want to. Not only that, but lawyers are required to refuse to take on some clients.
Can a lawyer decline to accept a losing case?
Rule 2.01 – A lawyer shall not reject, except for valid reasons, the cause of the defenseless or the oppressed. Rule 2.02 – In such cases, even if the lawyer does not accept a case, he shall not refuse to render legal advice to the person concerned if only to the extent necessary to safeguard the latter’s rights.
Can a QC be a judge?
Appointment as a QC is not an office and it involves no duties. If a judge can be both judge and retain the qualification of barrister, so a judge can be both judge and QC.
What do you call a line up of taxis?
A taxicab stand (also called taxi rank, cab stand, taxi stand, cab rank, or hack stand) is a queue area on a street or on private property where taxicabs line up to wait for passengers.