Report No. 50
18. Honesty a debt to the profession.-
We should conclude by quoting the fine Elizabethan language with which Francis Bacon begins his preface to his Maxim of the Law1-"I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavour themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto. This is performed in some degree by the honest and liberal practice of a profession when men shall carry a respect not to descend into any course that is corrupt and unworthy thereof, and preserve themselves free from the abuses wherewith the same profession is noted to be infected; but much more is this performed if a man be able to visit and strengthen the roots and foundation of the science itself; thereby not only gracing it in reputation and dignity but also amplifying it in perfection and substance".
Before we part with this Report, it is our pleasant duty to place on record our warm appreciation of the assistance we have received from Mr. Bakshi, Secretary of the Commission, in dealing with the problem covered by the Report. As usual, Mr. Bakshi first prepared a draft which was treated as the Working Paper. The draft was considered by the Commission point by point and its conclusions recorded and, in the light of the decisions, Mr. Bakshi prepared a final draft for consideration and approval. At all stages of the study of this problem, Mr. Bakshi took an active part in our deliberations and has rendered very valuable assistance to the Commission.
P.B. Gajendragadkar, Chairman.
V.R. Krishna Iyer, Member.
P.K. Tripathi, Member.
S.S. Dhavan, Member.
P.M. Bakshi, Secretary.
Dated: 28th August, 1972
1. Bacon, Preface to Maxims of the Law, quoted by Sir Owen Dixon, "Professional Conduct" (Inaugural lecture to the Law Students of the University of Melbourne in 1953), The Jesting Pilate, 129-134.