LAWYER Savenaca Komaisavai has had his practising certificate suspended for four months and has also been fined $750.
The Independent Legal Services Commission found Komaisavai guilty of two counts of professional misconduct filed against him by the chief registrar.
In the first professional misconduct case, Komaisavai wrote a letter on October 2 last year on behalf of his client and made remarks about Mark Borg, the opposing client.
The letter stated: "Could this recalcitrant, playboy streak be due to the fact that he is the youngest in the family, one wonders?"
The particulars of the offence stated that the attack was on Mr Borg's reputation without good cause.
On the second count, Komaisavai told the deputy chief registrar in a meeting on October 2 last year, the complainant, Mr Borg, was not a Fijian. But when Mr Borg presented his certificate of citizenship, Komasavai said Mr Borg was of the "wrong colour".
According to the particulars of the offences, the incident was a discriminatory and racist attack on Mr Borg.
During the hearing, Komaisavai admitted to writing the letter and making such statements, however, he denied that the words used were offensive, and that they were an attack on the complainant's reputation.
ILSC Commissioner Justice Paul Madigan said in his judgment Komaisavai "has unnecessarily and unreasonably attacked the reputation of an opposing unrepresented party in a matrimonial dispute".
Justice Madigan also warned Komaisavai that if any other allegation against him was found to be established, his "fitness to be a practitioner at all will be seriously considered".
Komaisavai is to pay his fine by October 31.