A FIJIAN lawyer who had served as a Crown Counsel in Fiji has been recently appointed as the Deputy Chief Magistrate in the state of Victoria in Australia.
Robert Kumar worked as a magistrate for the past 26 years after being appointed in 1986.
The announcement to appoint Mr Kumar as the Deputy Chief Magistrate was made by Victoria's Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Robert Clark.
Mr Kumar served as a Crown Counsel in the Director of Public Prosecutions office in Fiji for a year between 1975 and 1976.
He became a senior legal officer at the Public Solicitor's office in the state of Victoria in 1977, a position he held until 1981.
A group of Nadi lawyers yesterday sent a statement congratulating Mr Kumar on his new appointment.
On behalf of the lawyers, Nadi-based lawyer Ajnil Singh said the news demonstrated that Fijian lawyers possessed the quality and skill required for service as judicial members.
"The appointment in Australia of a Fijian lawyer who started his career with the Director of Public Prosecutions Office in Suva, is world recognition of not only the ability of Mr Kumar but for all Fijian lawyers," Mr Singh said.
Mr Singh said members of the legal fraternity should look at the appointment as an international recognition of ability of Fiji lawyers to practise the legal skills not only in Fiji but beyond our shores.
"We also look forward to inviting Mr Kumar to attend one of our future legal conventions and to be guest speaker sharing with us his experience as a member of the Australian judiciary," he said.