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Honesty and transparency

Honesty and transparency

Honesty is a moral virtue when the motivation to avoid deception is grounded in a morally valuable underlying motivation, such as the motivation to protect and promote well-being or the motivation to ensure fairness. It implies a refusal to conceal and deceive. Honesty has become a rare trait in modern society. As a matter of fact, a man is not even honest with himself when it comes to personal gains and benefits. Honesty and Transparency are the two sides of a coin. A man, who is honest and transparent, allows the other person to see clear through a man’s personality, ideas, intentions, dealings, and strategies. Honesty and transparency make a man upright and infuses the faith and trust of others in himself. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Honesty is the best policy”. This famous proverb is not limited to an individual but also applies to institutions, organizations, societies, and nations. The trait of being honest and transparent is now fading day by day and people are losing trust in each other. In most professions, more particularly in the profession of advocacy, Honesty and Transparency connotes the attribute of furnishing fair opinions, updating the clients about the progress of their work, not delaying the executions, not grabbing money under the label of expenses, admitting the mistakes committed by the professionals, not extracting benefits from the winning rewards, and not having a conflict of interest. In nutshell, honoring the words agreed between Professional and the Client and burning mid-night oil in the best interest of the Client. In the profession of advocacy, clients are the paymaster, and they have all the rights to have information about their briefs, they should be illuminated about the strategies, developments, and hearing to hearing court proceedings and they should not be charged more than the agreed fees. To utter dismay, all the above-mentioned qualities have become a blurred phenomenon. Some of the lawyers work for their interest and not for representing the Client to get relief for him. Most of the clients complain about the lawyers and their mode of practice; the generally negative perception regarding the lawyers has built among the masses. Consequently, the Clients are losing their faith in this profession and professionals. They fear to get their legal rights legally. Their fear urges them to offer and accept illegal means, including but not limited to, bribing the official of the judicial or non-judicial departments. The profession of advocacy, which was once considered as “The Profession of Lords, is losing its integrity and credibility. Lawyers are ignoring infect neglecting the cannon of ethics set out by rules legislated by Bar Councils. Joy of Justice, being a private organization and hub of lawyers, admits and acknowledges all the abovementioned concerns and complaints of the clients. Joy of Justice is determined to restore the trustworthiness, veracity, reliability of the profession of advocacy and trust of the clients. The basis of this organization is laid upon the principle of “Honesty and Transparency”. The organization shall assure that all the lawyers, who are members of its team, shall observe the legal ethics and shall perform their legal obligations towards the clients, the courts, the public, and the other professionals with utter uprightness. The Client shall have the information of each and everything regarding his case and nothing shall be concealed from him. He shall be able to see another side of the mirror and all the progress shall be crystallized before him because no legacy is so rich as honesty and in the words of Pub Lilius Syrus,” God looks at the clean hands, not the full ones”.