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What does a lawyer do if they know for absolute certain that their client is guilty?

Say that a person is accused of committing a crime, they either hire a lawyer or have one appointed to them. Some time later, the lawyer learns that their client most certainly committed the crime. ...
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Why are lawyers typically excluded from juries?

At least in the United States practicing lawyers are called to serve on juries. But my understanding is at least one side will always remove them before trial. Why would it always be the case that ...
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Why do municipalities keep laws on the books that are invalid?

Why do some municipalities keep laws on the books that are not valid? For example, what if municipal law violates state law (for example, due to the state law having preemption) -- is it up to the ...
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Why do non-lawyers refer you to lawyers even when they know the answer?

We've all seen it: you ask a law question (a classic being "Am I violating X's copyright by doing Y?"), but they refuse to respond and instead tell you that you should be asking a lawyer, not them. I ...
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Why do we need lawyers in the Judicial system?

Law is supposed to be known to all citizens. It is also assumed (implicitly) that it is correctly understood: Ignorance or misinterpretation is not an excuse before the judge. So why are we required ...
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Is a lawyer allowed to stop representing his client?

Imagine a person accused of committing a crime hires a lawyer. After a while something happens and the lawyer decides he or she doesn't want to represent the client any more. For example: Ethical ...
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Why do lawyers not represent themselves in their own areas of expertise?

I understand why a criminal defense lawyer would not represent himself in a personal injury case, or a patent attorney would not defend herself against criminal charges. But why wouldn't a criminal ...
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What if a person cannot find a lawyer willing to fight against a powerful party?

Hereafter, for concision, I use the noun `leviathan' to mean a magisterial, mighty party that can retaliate against lawyers. I restrict this question to First World countries (e.g., the UK), which I ...
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What is the basis/rationale for the barristers' cab rank rule?

Does it only apply to barristers or also solicitors? Why or why not?
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Is a lawyer allowed to follow a client's instructions to hide evidence?

The police arrested a suspect linked to sexual assaults. The police searched his home. It sounds like initially the search warrants were very limited in scope but they widened as things turned up. ...
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What is the purpose of a disclaimer like "this is not legal advice"?

If someone who is not a lawyer is giving out legal advice, does it make any difference if they include a disclaimer along the lines of "this is not legal advice"? For the purposes of this question, I ...
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What should I look for when seeking a lawyer?

The standard legal disclaimer is that someone should ask a lawyer if they really need legal advice. So how do you find the right lawyer? How can you judge how "good" a lawyer is? How can you find ...
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Why don't courts punish time-wasting tactics?

Inspired by the lawsuit filed amidst an ongoing controversy in the chess world. In brief, one player (Carlsen) accused another (Niemann) of cheating, and Niemann filed a defamation lawsuit against ...
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Why are lawyers not called "doctor"?

I don't quite understand the education process for lawyers, but I do understand there are a number of different degrees, and one of them is 'JD', the juris doctor. My Latin is quite rusty, but I ...
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How does Australia split its legal profession?

I just got an interesting edit suggestion to my recent question by someone who just registered (perhaps for the purpose of this edit suggestion). It proposes that "lawyer" is replaced with &...
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Alternative systems without the Right to Remain Silent

As I understand it, the "Right to Remain Silent" errs on the side of innocence in the USA justice system. Jurors are usually supposed to rule as if the defendant testified in the manner ...
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How can we resolve a bet on a question of law?

Bob and Rob debate a question of law and do not agree. There isn't any material dispute between them to go to court about. They just want to find out what the legal truth is / who is right and who is ...
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Why did Christopher Tran warn Judge Kelly about the Minister for Immigration's power to cancel Djokovic's visa?

I find this detail in the recent Novak Djokovic's Australian visa saga quite interesting. On Monday, 10 January 2022, when Judge Kelly delivered his decision to reinstate Djokovic's visa, Christopher ...
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How closely must a lawyer follow a client's directives?

A plaintiff launches a lawsuit with a very complicated set of facts and law. The client says, "I want you to focus on issues X, Y, and Z, because those are the ones that I am most comfortable and ...
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Unable to afford a lawyer, can I go into court by myself?

A lot of people are unable to afford a public defender, so I was wondering if this is possible.
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What options does a lawyer have if a client admits he is guilty but doesn't want to admit it to the court?

This question is inspired by this question. If a client tells his lawyer he is guilty of the crime but does not want to admit it to the judge, what options does the lawyer have? Must the lawyer admit ...
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How to find a lawyer to hire

The site linked here gives far to little information to choose. How should one deal with such a situation? Why does such a site give so little information?
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If a barrister cannot convince his client to act on his advice, should not the lawyer still effect and respect the client's instructions?

Source: p 33-34, The Art of the Advocate (1993) by Richard Du Cann QC. Please advise me how I can abridge the quote below to reduce this post's length. The Legal Aid and Advice Act has made ...
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Why don't attorneys like to offer subjective advice?

In another question, a commenter mentioned to me that attorneys 'are bad enough about giving concrete legal advice, let alone subjective legal advice.' He was referring to my question of "is it wrong ...
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Is there any particular reason why barristers have to be self employed or is it purely customary?

Suppose Barry graduated law school and receives all of the necessary qualifications necessary to practice as a barrister, but doesn’t like the idea of being self employed or perhaps doesn’t have the ...
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Are DAs and other prosecutors prohibited from being defense attorneys, such as in a pro bono fashion?

If you're a lawyer accepting a job at a DA's office or if you otherwise become a prosecutor, would you be prevented from privately representing clients as a criminal defense attorney? For example, ...
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What to expect when getting (free) legal aid?

I want to sue my old landlord. The amount wouldn't be too much so I could do it in small claims court. I had searched the internet and found some free legal advice from the Legal Service Society. I ...
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What is the remedy if a lawyer forges a client's signature on a will?

Assume that a lawyer forges his or her client's signature on a will. What is the remedy for anyone who believes they've been injured by the execution of the will?
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Can i represent myself in a German court without a lawyer?

I want to represent myself in german court because I don't have money for a lawyer (i am a student international ) and I also don't know anything about german laws at all I have many evidence(gmails/...
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