A LAWYER who appeared before High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo was yesterday warned to wear the proper courtroom attire.
The lawyer appeared on instructions for a former public health officer charged with two counts of rape.
The former Health Ministry doctor is alleged to have raped a girl who was 13 years old at the time of the offence in his house in Nausori.
Justice Temo did not allow the lawyer to approach the bench as he was informally dressed.
"Since you are not in the proper attire, I will not hear you," Justice Temo said.
"I will have to hear directly from the accused person."
The court heard that the man's lawyer David Toganivalu was in another court.
"I will adjourn the matter to a later date, and the counsel is to be present in the proper attire," Justice Temo said.
The accused allegedly raped the girl in his home between August 8 and 31, 2009 and again on October 10 and November 30 the same year.