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Gates Urges Lawyers To Volunteer

Gates Urges Lawyers To Volunteer
Lawyer Chen Bun Young (left) and Chief Justice Anthony Gates during Fiji Law Society convention at Novotel in Lami yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar
September 27
10:24 2015

Chief Justice Anthony Gates has encouraged legal practitioners to volunteer to prepare relevant Continuing Legal Education (CLE) papers.

While addressing more than 150 lawyers at the Fiji Law Society (FSL) Convention at the Novotel                                                                                                                                          Suva Lami Bay, Justice Gates said organising the conference with speakers and commentators was not an easy matter.

“Judges have readily agreed to assist when asked to provide papers and I have encouraged them to help where necessary,” Justice Gates said.

“But individual practitioners must put up their hands and volunteer to prepare relevant CLE papers.

“Each senior practitioner has a responsibility to the profession to provide his or her services in this way.”

He said the Society, through selected members, could properly provide advice and guidance on new legislation which could be tendered to the Fiji Law Reform Commission, or to the Solicitor-General’s Drafting Unit.

He said in terms of training, he has submitted to the Attorney that there should be established an Institute for Judicial and Legal Studies.

“Such an institute could deal with all Continuing Legal Education training of the profession,” Justice Gates said.

“It could provide the necessary organising Secretariat, assist the society to run its own convention and handle all training for judicial officers and in specialised areas for the profession such as mediation, intellectual property law and cover new legislation such as tax and company law.”

He hopes that the Society’s connections grow from strength to strength.

The convention with the theme ‘Fundamentals of Private Practice’ ended yesterday.



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