Where is the ‘Cab-rank rule’ to be found, and what is it?
(s.601) A barrister must not withhold services:
(a) on the ground that the nature of the case is objectionable to him;
(b) on the ground that the conduct opinions or beliefs of the prospective client are unacceptable to him;
(c) on any ground relating to the source of any FINANCIAL SUPPORT (Community Legal Service or Criminal Defence Service).
WHAT IS IT???
(s.602) A self-employed barrister must comply with the ‘Cab-rank rule’ and
(a) accept any brief to appear before a Court in which he professes to practise;
(b) accept any instructions;
(c) act for any person on whose behalf he is instructed;
and do so irrespective of (i) the party on whose behalf he is instructed (ii) the nature of the case and (iii) any belief or opinion which he may have formed as to the character reputation cause conduct guilt or innocence of that person.”