“Law belongs to the people”, I remember this statement of Napoléon when he released the first version of civil code (the unproperly named “Napoléon Code”). This civil code ruled the civil relationship as well as commercial trade. As far as I know, this is the only French civil legal principle which has been adopted by all legal system throughout the world, including of course, Madagascar. Madagascar due to its French colonialism past has obviously followed the civil system with all of its leading principles.
“Nobody is deemed to ignore the law”, this is also a legal principle which has been adopted by both Roman-German legal tradition and Common law. But how such principle can be respected or satisfied if people can not access to legal information?
As long as laws are made to be applied on every citizen, it is so obvious to give all opportunities to these citizens to be aware of these laws. But not only citizens from the country which has issued the law, people from abroad also got to know our laws for their personnal or professional concerns. This is the famous principle of universality of laws, another principle which is recognized as internationally applicable for all countries which have an independant legal framework.
As far as I know, as a lawyer who has made the oath to respect the laws of my country (including its “imported” principles), I have to contribute to the spread of legal information and fight against any attempt to mitigate the right of people to access to such information.
As far as I know, a lawyer is not a businessman because law is not compatible with business. Law or Money? You, as a lawyer, have definitely to make a choice.
A friend who is also a lawyer has told me one day that laws should only stay between lawyers’ hands … What for? Lawyers do not own laws because Law belong to the people ….