Lawyers advised on importance of role

NEW barristers and solicitors were urged not to use their clients cases for their own political agenda or for any other agenda.

While addressing the five new legal practitioners at their swearing in ceremony at the High Court in Suva yesterday, Chief Justice Anthony Gates said the oath should remind them of their role.

“You must keep the needs of your clients as the utmost,” Justice Gates said.

“I hope if you have time within your new tasks as lawyers to give some assistance to the less fortunate in the community, who may need some advice or assistance in advocacy, education, mediation relating to your skills and there is a need to pay back to the community for the position that you now find yourself in,” he said. Justice Gates advised the practitioners that those who learnt to help people would get the most reward in life.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum was present at the swearing in ceremony where he moved a petition for the admission of Deputy Solicitor-General Tracey Wong as a legal practitioner in the High Court of Fiji.

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