New lawyers told to uphold ethics

New lawyers during the admission to the Bar ceremony at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva last week. Picture: VISHAL KUMAR

Seventeen newly-admitted legal practitioners of the University of Fiji Law School were reminded of the importance of integrity and dignity an ideal trait in the legal fraternity.

Speaking at their admission ceremony on Thursday last week, Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar said the legal profession was considered a noble one.

He reminded the lawyers that they played a vital role in Fiji’s legal system and this was not to be taken lightly.

“As lawyers, you will be entrusted to solve problems faced by the members of our communities in terms of their properties, homes, finances, business and family matters.

“You will be called upon to make decisions that will affect and change many people’s lives.

“However, you must not forget the basic fact that you are being admitted to the Bar as officers of the court. “You are bound to adhere to the rules of the court and the code of conduct.”

He said judges were very mindful of the conduct of lawyers when they appeared in court.

“We obliviously expect them to maintain a professional conduct and court ethics.”

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