38 Fijian legal practitioners admitted

The 38 new legal practitioners after their admission to the bar on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. Picture: RAMA

THIRTY eight newly-admitted legal practitioners in Fiji were today reminded of the importance of professionalism – an ideal trait for the legal fraternity.

Addressing the new lawyers at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva this morning, Fiji’s Chief Justice Anthony Gates said the professional test now began translating their study into a practical commodity.

“As a lawyer, you will rightly regard yourself as a professional. It is a concept you should ponder over,” Chief Justice Gates said.

“Coming to court late, improperly dressed, or having left the brief in the office, being intoxicated or obviously under the influence of yaqona, wearing your wig on a slant like a paratrooper’s beret, or with smudged lipstick – these are not signs of professionalism, nor do they tell the client that you are fully in command of his or her case.”

Chief Justice Gates also urged the lawyers to give back something to society after reaching an achievement for themselves.

“People sometimes talk glibly of social responsibility but deliver their helpful good deeds with a glazed eye and with no intent registered.

“Such work is not just another box to tick.”

Chief Justice Gates also granted the lawyers’ petitions for admission in front of families, friends and representatives from the legal fraternity.

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