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A solicitor appears in court on behalf of a client who is charged with assault. At the trial, the prosecution fails to mention the most recent case on assault. The case would have greatly strengthened the prosecution’s case against the client. Which of the following statements best describes what the solicitor should do?

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Solicitors have a duty to the court to act with integrity and fairness, which includes the obligation to disclose relevant legal precedents even if they are adverse to their client’s case. This duty overrides the duty to the client. By informing the court about the recent case, the solicitor upholds their ethical obligations and ensures that the legal process is fair and just.

Key Point: A solicitor must prioritise their duty to the court over their duty to the client. Disclosing relevant legal precedents, even if detrimental to the client’s case, is essential to maintaining the integrity of the legal process.

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