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I’m Committed to Serve People: Nair

I’m Committed to Serve People: Nair
Damodaran Nair with his guest Fiji Sports Council chief executive officer Litiana Loabuka during the admission to ceremony for the newly admitted legal Practitioners at the Suva high court on November 9, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.
November 10
10:21 2017

Damodaran Nair said yesterday he became a lawyer to serve the people.

He was one of the 24 new lawyers admitted to the bar at the Suva High Court.

Mr Nair, 50, is the second oldest in the group. The oldest is Anirudh Singh, 54, a former mediator in the Ministry of Em­ployment, Productivity and Industrial Rela­tions.

Mr Nair, a former civil servant and in­dustrial relations officer for the Fiji Public Service Association, said he loved serving people.

He was representing aggrieved workers in the employment court before his admission.

Age should not be a barrier when it came to helping people, he added.

Chief Justice Anthony Gates presided over the ceremony.

Mr Nair who lives in Tacirua, Nasinu, is originally from Namotomoto in Nadi.

He said his family had been his biggest supporters.

“One should have a motive when becom­ing a lawyer. It should not be for the sake of money but how you can serve the people,” he said.

“I advise my fellow graduates to choose one speciality of Law because if they choose many then they will not be able to deliver.”

Mr Nair is the first lawyer in his family and wants to dedicate his work to the people who can’t pay lawyers.

“While studying I was also practising as a representative and as a counsellor. It was tough studying and working at the same time,” he said.

“I have not decided on what speciality of law to take but I have my options open.”

He was motivated to become a lawyer when he saw non-unionised workers without proper legal representation.

“I was working for the Judiciary Depart­ment for four years and I always saw how court proceedings took place,” he said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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