Fiji Time: 7:24 PM on Wednesday 1 June

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

You can't 'be unfit for the job'

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, February 08, 2014

CHIEF Justice Anthony Gates reminded 23 new lawyers of the importance of the oath they took as they were admitted to the bar yesterday.

Justice Gates said the new lawyers had each taken an oath that would remind them of their duties as a legal practitioner.

"For all of us private practice demands a high degree of focus, commitment to duties, time, and a clear mind," he said.

"If you have over-indulged in alcohol or yaqona mid-week you will not be able to direct an alert mind to your client's complex problems.

"You must be disciplined. Would we feel safe in the hands of a sleepy hung-over surgeon or airline pilot?

"You will learn that you cannot afford to be unfit for the job. All of you have commenced the study of ethics.

In a phrase that is about what is the right thing to do professionally. Study all of the cases that have come out of the Independent Legal Services Commission.

"Avoid those errors. You must have a trust account when you practise. Do not tell silly stories as to why you need an adjournment.

"Be upfront and frank with the court. Be candid. Sometimes as lawyers, after all we are human, we make an elementary error, such as we have not done what we had promised we would do by the adjournment date.

"Be straightforward and admit it. Invariably such honesty blows the judge's anger away, and we all move on and get back on track.

"At times in court some of you may not always be fluent or articulate.

"Do not be over anxious about this, you will get better."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61980.6008
JPY 53.392450.3924
GBP 0.32380.3158
EUR 0.42620.4142
NZD 0.71570.6827
AUD 0.66380.6388
USD 0.47690.4599

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 1st June 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. A world champion and father
  2. Eyes on Hayne
  3. Shark attack concern
  4. Ryan takes Fiji from inconsistency to two-time world champions
  5. Minister: Shake off old mind-set
  6. Motion defeated
  7. Town turns 80 years old
  8. Reddy clears air on Adopt a School program
  9. Fiji signs $23m deal
  10. 19 cases of Zika

Top Stories this Week

  1. Tears of joy for Jerry's family Thursday (26 May)
  2. A world champion and father Wednesday (01 Jun)
  3. Prophecy of Nasautoka Come and drink of this life-giving water Sunday (29 May)
  4. High on ice Monday (30 May)
  5. Remains of missionary receives a proper burial 200 years later Friday (27 May)
  6. Mother 'locks up' son to go clubbing Sunday (29 May)
  7. Families live in fear Friday (27 May)
  8. 7s fans disappointed Thursday (26 May)
  9. Man found dead Monday (30 May)
  10. 13 for Rio Saturday (28 May)