Petition Tag - lawyers

1. Freedom and respect for the Iranian people

This letter will be sent to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed (United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran)

You can add your signature to letter through this petition.

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2. Prohibit associates and partners of lobby law firms from serving in your state legislature

Most agree attorney/legislators should not use their public office to influence legislation by voting on issues on which their law firm is lobbying. That is the rule in all states and the American Bar Association.

There are unlimited other ways those legislators can ethically, legally and more effectively influence legislation. Abstaining from voting is a drop in the bucket in comparison and is just a feel good policy.

Sign this petition if you want your state legislator to represent your interest and not the special interests of the lobby law firms he/she works for.


As Samoan citizens living in New Zealand, Australia, USA and other countries, we continue to maintain our connections with our lands, family titles and ties to Samoa.

OUR COMMITMENT TO SAMOA is not only by words but by our Deeds and Financial remittances to our families and churches.

In the Annual Report for the Financial Year 2011-2012 by the Central Bank of Samoa (p10), it said the following:

"Private remittances increased a further 6 percent to $392.2 million in 2011/12 (on top of a 6 percent recovery in 2010/11), underpinned by a 29 percent increase in remittances for households as well as a 7 percent (or $2.5 million) growth in funds for Churches. Families remained as the main recipients of funds, with its share edging up 2 percentage points to 75 percent, followed by Churches with 10% share. The main sources of household remittances were NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA and the USA with shares of 37 percent, 32 percent and 20 percent respectively..."

In Central Bank of Samoa Bulletin of September 2014, it said at page 10:

"The gross inflow of private remittances went up by 16.7 percent to $94.8 percent million largely due to increased funds for "households" and church. The main sources of remittances were from NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA..."

The Lawyers and Legal Practice Act 2014 violates our rights under Article 15 of The Constitution of Samoa to be equal before the law and entitled to equal protection under the law.

4. Free Iranian Gonabadi Dervish Ali Karami, Sentenced to 3 Years In Prison

Majzooban, May 7, 2014-- The Tehran Revolutionary Court has sentenced Gonabadi Dervish, Ali Karami three year of imprisonment.

According to reports by Majzooban Noor, Ali Karami was sentenced to three years in prison by the 26th branch of the Revolutionary Court presided over by judge Mohammadzadeh for charges of "conspiracy to disturb the social and national security" (based on article 610 of the Islamic Penal code).

It is worth mentioning that, this Judicial verdict has been issued while Hojatoleslam Ali Younesi, President Hassan Rohani's adviser for ethnic groups and religious minorities, has repeatedly acknowledged that, under the current government , according to Iran's constitution,the legal freedom principle is being considered for citizens but in the meantime Gonabadi Dervishes have been the main victims of the political dispute between Judicial power and The executive power!

Ali Karami was arrested along with more than 15 other lawyers and managers of Majzooban Noor website ( Nematollah Gonabadi Order News Site) in Shahrivar 1390 (September 2011) in Tehran and he was released on bail after enduring more than one month behind bars in solitary confinement in Ward 209 of Evin prison.

Among those arrested in September 2011, the Gonabadi Dervishes lawyers and Majzooban Noor news website's managers, Hamid-Reza Moradi, Mostafa Daneshjou, Farshid Yadollahi Farsi, Amir Eslami, Omid Behroozi, Afshin Karampour, Reza Entesari and Mostafa Abdi who are currently being held in ward 350 of Evin prison, have been sentenced to a total of over 60 years imprisonment in Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Salavati.

5. Free Farshid Yadollahi, lawyer of dervishes Nematolahi Gonabadi

در پی افزایش فشار‌ها بر روی دراویش گنابادی، فرشید یداللهی، یکی از وکلای ایشان توسط نیروهای امنیتی بازداشت شده است.

به گزارش وبسایت مجذوبان نور، فرشید یداللهی فارسی وکیل دراویش گنابادی روز یکشنبه ۲۰ شهریور ماه 1390 در شهر شیراز توسط نیروهای امنیتی بازداشت و به مکان نا‌معلومی منتقل شد.

Appeals court hearing is being held for lawyers of the Gonabadi dervishes Amin Eslami and Farshid Yadollahi who have received a 6 month imprisonment sentence.

The 6 month prison sentence for libel and disturbing public opinion of the two was reviewed once again during the trial in the presence of their lawyers. The defendants were not in court.

In February, 388 attorneys wrote a letter to the head of the judiciary and objected to the imprisonment sentence and the revocation of the licenses of the attorneys for Gonabadi dervishes.

Recently 11 members of the dervish related website Majzoobaneh Nour and 5 of their lawyers have been arrested. Amin Eslami and Farshid Yadollahi, Hamid Moradi, Omid Behrouzi, Afshin Karampour, Reza Entezari and Mostafa Daneshjou are held in the security ward of Evin Prison.

Another incarcerated dervish Mehrdad Keshavarz is being held in the Intelligence Ministry Detention Center of Shiraz.

6. Increase Lawyer Accountability and Consumer Protection for Clients of Lawyers

I instructed a UK law firm to undertake a property transaction, and paid them several thousands of pounds to do so. I subsequently discovered that an error had been made. The law firm refused to accept liability. Although it is my conviction that the law firm were negligent unless a consumer can prove negligence through expensive court proceedings they cannot claim that negligence has taken place. It is a David and Goliath situation. The ordinary consumer does not have the resources to take on a powerful law firm. This is undemocratic and unfair. Moreover I have received what, in my view, amounts to a threat of legal proceedings from the firm in question should I publically criticise them.

I could not afford to take the case to trial and there is no consumer protection law offering redress in cases of alleged negligence by lawyers.

Lawyers justify their fees on the basis of the importance of their work - should they make an error in theory they are accountable. However in reality there is no consumer protection law in the UK which can be called upon by the client of a lawyer.

The only avenues of possible redress are either the Legal Ombudsman or private proceedings. As the latter can run into tens of thousands of pounds it is beyond the means of ordinary working people. The Legal Ombudsman only deals with issues of 'poor service’ but not alleged negligence and has a ceiling of £30,000 in compensation available. Although one can complain to the The Solicitors Regulation Authority their compensation scheme will only reimburse a victim in the case of clear cut misconduct such as fraud. This leaves a very wide gap – the ordinary individual or business who has instructed a law firm to oversee a transaction such as a property purchase.

The present situation is particularly unacceptable in view of the fact that practically every small business (and many private individuals) live in fear of opportunist claims funded by ambulance-chasing litigation firms. Everyone is potentially vulnerable to such claims – apart from lawyers themselves who in the event of a claim for alleged negligence are untouchable unless the complainant has extremely deep pockets.

This aggressive litigation culture has had a wide negative impact upon many aspects of ordinary life - increased motor insurance premiums, petty health and safety regs and red tape for businesses.

This petition is not intended to be an attack upon the law profession in general. The majority of lawyers act responsibly, however when a client believes that an outcome is not satisfactory there are no safeguards for that consumer. This is not acceptable. We call upon all responsible lawyers to sign this petition to safeguard the integrity and reputation of their profession.

7. Parliamentary Inquiry into White Collar Crimes

Victims of white collar crimes have been attending meetings of the Forum for Stable Currencies in the Houses of Westminster since 1998. More recently, their cases and stories were recounted on video, in one-page summaries and published on three websites, with links to many others:

Two outstanding stories have been turned into a book:

Furthermore, thanks to our most popular petition to Free Norman Scarth, our online petitions have gathered nearly 6,000 signatures, next to 70,000 page views and remarkable comments illustrating the general dissatisfaction.

The global web movement AVAAZ demands "clean lists" (listas limpias) of politicians to be elected. We are appealing to the Justice and the Treasury Select Committees in the spirit of the Bank of England Act 1694. It was written with the intention NOT to oppress Their Majesties' subjects, but at the very latest, the financial "crisis" has made it apparent how dishonest money or the Money Scam create greed and corruption, most unfortunately also in "respectable" institutions and professions, resulting in exactly what was to be avoided: the serious oppression of Their Majesties' subjects.

When Council lawyers write their own "injunction orders", against "The Media & Others", with their own "terms of service", pretending they have had a hearing with an "independent" judge, they violate basic human and family rights and bloggers' Freedom of Expression and Information. The untold story of gagging orders, published by The Independent, reveals that 69 gags relate to celebrities and 264 to children and young adults.

When Law and Order have turned into Crime and Disorder, we need to appeal to the Lord Chancellor and the Business Minister who are very aware of our 'representative' cases.

When the Rule of Law has been replaced by the Rule of Money, our appeal has to go also to our elected politicians in the Justice and the Treasury Select Committee, to check on the unaccountable financial and legal industry aka HM Partnership, with a view to Financial Fairness for voters and taxpayers.

Victims do NOT have an effective remedy before national authorities nor do they have a chance for a fair trial. They are neither protected by this fundamental European Human Right nor by the Universal Declaration of the United Nations. Instead, they are fodder for the "mangle" of an adversarial system that milks the public purse.

Related Petitions:

The Secrecy of Family Courts should be lifted NOW!

Abolish the Ban on recording Court Proceedings

Stop the Oppression of the British People!

8. URGENT ACTION! Release Attorney Dr. Mohammad Oliayifard! Diagnosed with Leukemia, No Treatment!

Prominent attorney Dr. Mohammad Oliyaifard was detained earlier this year for defending human rights and this week he was diagnosed with Leukemia by the prison clinic doctor!


Lawyer Dr. Mohammad Oliyaifard who is serving a one year prison sentence for defending human rights was sent to the Evin prison clinic after not feeling well.

According to RAHANA, the doctor in the Evin prison clinic diagnosed Dr. Oliyaifard with leukemia after observing several lumps on his body. The clinic stated that Oliyaifard needs to visit a specialist. Dr. Oliyaifard needs to be transferred to a specialist clinic outside of prison immediately.

Dr. Mohammad Oliyaifard was detained on May 1, 2010 under the pretext of beginning to serve his one year sentence under the charge of “anti-regime propaganda” for conducting interviews. He is currently held in ward 350 of Evin prison. He was previously detained another time on March 8th and was released a week later.

Mohammad Oliyaifard has been the legal representative for various political prisoners. He was also one of the attorneys for the executed juvenile Behnoud Shojaee. After the execution of Behnoud Shojaee, Dr. Oliyaifard gave an interview where he called Shojaee’s execution “illegal.” He was consequently arrested.


نیاز فوری محمد اولیایی‌فرد برای اعزام به مراکز تخصصی پزشکی

محمد اولیایی‌فرد وکیل زندانی بند ۳۵۰ اوین نیاز مبرم و فوری به اعزام به مراکز تخصصی پزشکی خارج از زندان اوین را دارد.

بامداد امروز محمد اولیایی‌فرد وکیل بازداشتی که به یک سال زندان محکوم شده و دوران محکومیت خود را پشت سر می‌گذارد، به خاطر بد شدن وضعیت جسمی خود به بهداری زندان اوین مراجعه کرده است.

به گزارش رهانا، پزشک بهداری زندان اوین وجود تعدادی غده در بدن این وکیل زندانی را «سرطان خون» تشخیص داده و گفته است که او را باید یک پزشک متخصص معاینه کند.

با توجه به این وضعیت حاد این وکیل و مدافع زندانیان سیاسی باید هر چه سریع‌تر به مراکز تخصصی خارج از زندان اعزام شود.

دکتر محمد اولیایی‌فرد در تاریخ ۱۱ اردیبهشت ماه ۱۳۸۹ به بهانه‌ی گذراندن محکومیت یک ساله‌اش به اتهام تبلیغ علیه نظام از طریق مصاحبه بازداشت و روانه‌ی زندان شده و اکنون در بند ۳۵۰ زندان اوین به سر می‌برد.

وی پیش‌تر در تاریخ ۱۷ اسفند ماه ۸۸ بازداشت و پس از یک هفته از زندان آزاد شده بود

9. Putting Children and Family Services in their Place

Nationwide, there are State run agencies who are supposed to be protecting abused children in dangerous situations. Each State has many different titles for them. All of them are main stapled as CPS (Child Protective Services). For example, in Texas they're known as DFPS. (Department of Family and Protective Services)

While there is an important need to find abused children and to protect them, the current system is only finding a small percentage of those truly abused children. The rest of their statistics that guarantee a high departmental income are from families who never abused their children. Where they get this income and the sources of information will be posted after the next paragraph.

I am not calling for an abolishment of CPS. What I am petitioning for is an overhaul and restructure to bring them in line with lawful investigation practices, to maintain Constitutional Rights and proper training for Agents who never had children, and psychological evaluations to find and replace the Agents who were themselves abused as Children and see abuse in every home regardless of the situation. This is not, I repeat, not a rare occurrence. I will supply statistics to support this and how this has escalated. I will also supply the sources.

Departmental income has become more important to CPS and their offices than actually finding abused children and protecting them. Each and every time they remove a child from the home, they get paid from the Federal Government. Here they are:
1. Public Law 93-247 known as the Mondale Act of 1974.
2. Public Law 96-272 known as the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980
3. Social Security Title IV-E funds.

The ASFA- Public Law 105-89 known as American Safe Families Act of 1997 is one of the most horrific laws on the books today. While it sounds nice in the title, when you get through the legal jargon, what this means is so wrong. If you ever had a child removed from your house by CPS, even UNFOUNDED and you are innocent, they will take that child in minutes after the child is born! Babies are highly adoptable and the Federal Government pays out $6,000 to the CPS office who conducts the legal kidnapping and gets them adopted quickly without regards to the biological Mother and her family. Since she was investigated once, they do this in the "best interests of the child" as she is a "potential" abuser. The largest targeted types of families are folks with low incomes, children on SSI and are minorities. If you even have one of those three issues, you are a target for CPS to illegally investigate you. While these things are a surefire magnet, they have been known to do illegal investigations against families if they were reported falsely with malicious intent. Example is an ex-wife wants to get even with her ex-husband and his new family; she could report them and put them through Hell.

Why are the reasons CPS Agents actually find so little true abuse?
1. Agents who never had children and don't understand that a few toys in the corner of the room is not a hazardous mess.
2. Agents are not trained in real evidence recognition. In fact, no Agent in CPS has any training in evidence, the Constitution or criminal justice. They are given anywhere from 3 to 6 months of training, being taught that it is ok to break into a Home without probable cause or exigent circumstances.
3. Agents are trained to use subjective speculation and not objective factual reporting.
4. The Agents do not get psychological evaluations. A number of Agents who were abused as a child themselves see abuse in every home they go into, even if it's not there.
5. Most States do not require Agents to have a degree in Social Sciences. Any degree will do, doesn't even have to be related to the field.
6. The Agency has no checks and balances. A field Agent can lie to a judge or police officer with absolutely no proof and have it entered as factual evidence in a court of law!
7. Agents are trained to believe they are immune from the authority of the First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Fifth Amendment, Sixth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment. They violate this in every investigation done nationwide.

10. Free Schapelle Corby

UPDATE: August 3, 2005.

SCHAPELLE Corby has been dealt another shattering blow, with three Balinese judges shutting down her reopened drugs trial and refusing to grant her Indonesian lawyers more time to find new witnesses.

Corby's defence team must now lodge a new appeal and ask for a time extension from the Bali High Court, to keep alive her hopes of freedom.


May 27, 2005: Schapelle Corby has received a 20-year jail term after being found guilty of importing marijuana - sparking fury among her family in court.

Judges also fined Corby 100 million rupiah ($A13,875).

Her lawyers immediately said they would appeal and prosecutors are set to follow suit, having sought a life sentence.

Corby had earlier begun weeping and rocking back-and-forth on her chair after learning that the judges have found the charges against her as proven - one step below guilt under Indonesian law - before Chief Judge Linton Sirait announced the verdict.

The 27-year-old looked stunned as the verdict was translated for her, but turned around to urge her family to stop their shouting.

She then hugged lawyer Lily Lupis while members of the gallery voiced their outrage.

"Twenty years?," said Corby, who was standing to hear the verdict from chief judge Linton Sirait.

She immediately turned to distressed mother Roseleigh Rose and appeared to shout: "Mum it's OK".

As the courtroom descended into chaos, Corby then hugged her interpreter and pushed through police to get to her mother and father Michael Corby.

AdvertisementShe kissed other members of her family and was then led away by police through a crush of media to a waiting vehicle, which rushed her back to Kerobokan prison.

Corby backer, Gold Coast businessman Ron Bakir, said she would appeal.

"This is a massive injustice," he told reporters, crying.

"I'm speechless, I'm speechless I really am, I really don't know what more we could have done.

"We just have to keep fighting - that's all we can do."

Ms Lubis said the appeal process had already begun, but added of her client: "She will not survive."

Corby, 27, faced the death penalty if convicted of importing a narcotic, a maximum of life imprisonment for transiting a drug, and a maximum of 10 years' jail for possession.

Wearing a black silk blouse and pink pants, she had been half-carried into the court by about 10 Indonesian police officers.

The panel of three judges finalised its decision days ago, with one local paper speculating that a 15-year jail term would be announced for the 27-year-old.

Jano Gibson writes: On appeal, the case will go before the High Court, which has 150 days to make a decision.

Both teams can appeal its decision taking the case to the Supreme Court, which will have 170 days to determine whether Ms Corby is innocent or guilty.