Legal practitioners challenged to raise the bar

USP Dean of the Faculty of Law, Arts and Education Dr Akanisi Kedrayate (right) with Dr Shaista Shameem, the University of Fiji Dean of the School of Law ( left) at the Fiji Law Society conference at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa. Picture: FELIX CHAUDHARY

MORE than 250 legal practitioners from across the country were challenged to raise the bar by embracing technology and improving service delivery to clients.

This was the call by University of the South Pacific’s dean of the Faculty of Law, Arts and Education Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, while opening the Fiji Law Society’s 2018 Convention in Natadola on Friday.

The theme for the two-day forum which ended yesterday was “Rebooting the Legal Profession; Embracing Innovation”. Dr Kedrayate said the legal profession needed to make changes to meet the needs of its clients.

“The theme requires critical reflection and assessment of the current structure, policies and practice of the legal profession,” she said.

“It raises the question why do we need to reboot the legal profession and embrace innovation?

“Are we adapting to change in the 21st century, the age of technology and innovation?

“In my view, despite what we have learnt from the past, we have to move forward, our law curriculum, court processes and legal practices need to be revisited and renewed. “We cannot continue to regurgitate the same submissions over and over again.

“We cannot continue to be complacent and continue to use the same way and same thinking.

“Times have changed, are we adapting to change? Are we embracing new ways and being innovative and finding alternative ways to solutions for complex and difficult cases?”

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