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Character concerns could arise if the following circumstances amongst others, subsist in relation to a person seeking to join the legal profession.

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Conviction for an offence, other than a traffic offence, which involve dishonesty.

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Plagiarism or cheat in assessments of any type.

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Bankruptcy, other circumstances or some form of court judgments which impinge on character.

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Investigation of the individual by a professional or regulatory body which suggest he may not willingly comply with legal and regulatory requirements, for instance, inter alia, non-disclosure of information, or breach of requirements or refuses to comply with reasonable requests of the regulatory body, etc.

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Investigation in respect of an alleged misconduct or malpractice with regards to a business activity.

The rationale for the importance of the above indicia of character is that from the individual’s past or current behavior, the individual is:

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Honest or trustworthy.

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Well disposed to compliance with regulations

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Can creditably manage financial affairs of himself and clients.

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His admission to the profession will not undermine the legal profession, for instance admission of ex-convict, or one who abused his position to obtain proprietary advantage or who obstructed the course of justice, etc would undermine the profession.

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Will not cause harm to clients, the profession and the society at large, e.g. drug addict, or a person with mental problem and therefore may have impaired judgment or may be violent with colleagues or clients, etc.

Of course, the existence of the circumstance which may point to bad character are prima facie which may be rebutted either by evidence of established, genuine rehabilitation (such as

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