WHEREAS, international bar association presidents meeting in Paris, France on November 19, 2005 adopted the following statement of core principles of the legal profession (the Statement of Core Principles):
Adopted by the Bar Association Presidents Meeting in Paris, France
November 19, 2005
Maison du Barreau
The legal profession throughout the world, in the interest of the public, is committed to these core principles:
1) An impartial, and independent, judiciary, without which there is no rule of law.
2) An independent legal profession, without which there is no rule of law or freedom for the people.
3) Access to justice for all people throughout the world, which is only possible with an independent legal profession and an impartial, and independent, judiciary.
And that, these core principles shall not yield to any emergency of the moment.
WHEREAS, Michael S. Greco, President of the American Bar Association addressed the Board of the Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association on March 30, 2006 and eloquently presented the Statement of Core Principles to the Board of Governors;
WHEREAS, the Statement of Core Principles is consistent with the Articles and Bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association and with the Associations long history of support for an impartial and independent judiciary, an independent legal profession and access to justice for all.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Philadelphia Bar Association supports and is committed to implementation of the Statement of Core Principles.
PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: MARCH 30, 2006