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Fatwa By : Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Language English
Reference By Islam Q&A
Addition Date 30/08/2013
Working As A Lawyer In The Islamic Judicial System
What is the position of a lawyer in the Islamic judicial system, where as is customary he tries by all means to get a judgement in favor of his client?.

Praise be to Allah.

The position of a lawyer in the Islamic judicial system is that he is the deputy or agent of the one of the two parties who has appointed him to represent him, either the plaintiff or the defendant. The one who appointed him should be moderate in seeking his rights and be fair with his opponent. If both parties adhere to that it will be better for both of them, and that will help the judge to make a decision in cases of dispute. If the disputant or his deputy insist on deceiving and going to extremes in their arguments in order to make gains even if they are haram, then they are sinning and consuming people’s wealth unlawfully, and they are causing confusion to the judge, unless Allah guides the judge by His grace and mercy and help them to make the right decision, so that the dispute may be resolved fairly.

And Allah is the Source of strength. May Allah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions.

From Fatawa al-Lajnah ad-Da’imah, 32/501.