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Justice Gates Urges Lawyers To Remember ‘Less Fortunate

Justice Gates Urges Lawyers To Remember ‘Less Fortunate
From left:Henna Buksh,Neha Singh,Chief Justice Anthony Gates,Kritishna Maharaj and Sunita Devi during the admission ceremony for the newly admitted legal practitioners on November 9, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.
November 10
11:00 2017

Chief Justice Anthony Gates reminded new lawyers to remember the less fortu­nate and urged them to offer their services pro bono as well.

Justice Gates was speaking to the 24 law graduates from the Univer­sity of Fiji during an admission to the bar ceremony at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

“I urge you in whatever field you use your law degree and qualifica­tions as a legal practitioner, to re­member those less fortunate than yourself,” he told them.

“If you can, offer your services to the Legal Aid Commission to do some pro bono work.”

He also reminded the lawyers that they would be accorded re­spect if they developed skills to match their abilities, were well prepared and knowledgeable about the law and facts of their case.

“Always double check basic in­formation such as what the stat­ute actually says. Do not tell the court, the law is this, when that information is clearly incorrect, for you will not be relied on or trusted.”

“Know what the penalty is for the offence, the right section number, and under what provision or rule you say the court has jurisdiction to grant your application, motion or summons.”

He said most times lawyers ap­peared in court without knowing how to approach the court, and by what right and regulation or rule.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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