8 years of hard work pays off

Pranheela Kumar and her husband Ashwin Kumar after he was admitted to the Bar yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

ASHWIN Kumar started cutting cane to help him finance his education when he was only 13 years old.

His father died when he was 13 so from then on during every school break, Mr Kumar had to be strong not only for himself but also for his family.

Yesterday, the 32-year-old stood in awe as he vividly shared his experience on how he journeyed through the tough times in order to achieve his goal of becoming a lawyer.

He was among the 19 new lawyers who were admitted to the Bar at the High Court in Suva.

“Life is hard and at times not fair, but hard work and planning is one of the main keys of ensuring progress,” Mr Kumar said.

“I was motivated to study law when I joined the judiciary and it took me eight years to complete my studies.

“Sheer determination and support from my families and the Judiciary Department has helped me a lot and I thank them for their support.”

Mr Kumar plans to continue his employment at the Nadi Magistrates Court office until an opportunity arises.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Anthony Gates, during the ceremony, reminded the new lawyers to maintain the spine of uprightness of professionalism.

“Cases of emotion must be tackled with thorough professionalism and knowledge of procedure, evidence, the rules and the legislation,” Justice Gates said.

“Our role is to remain slightly aloof from the fray, for it is calm and steady heads that can achieve the success required.”

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