THE establishment of the Independent Legal Services Commission has successfully raised professional standards, and confidence and trust in the legal profession as a whole.
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said this new-found confidence and trust ultimately benefited every legal practitioner
Speaking at last week's 14th Attorney-General's Conference, Commodore Bainimarama said government "strengthened professional standards for the legal profession and protected common people against unscrupulous practices by some lawyers".
"I know that the move from peer review to an independent adjudication process was perhaps uncomfortable for some.
"But set against international best practice, the legal profession in Fiji was neither progressive nor accountable," he said.