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3 Police Officers Amongst Lawyers Admitted to Bar

3 Police Officers Amongst Lawyers Admitted to Bar
Police prosecutors (From left):Ronil Ram,Peceli Heritage and Raymond Filipe at the admission ceremony for the newly admitted legal practitioners at the Suva High court on November 9, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.
November 13
18:22 2017

Newly admitted lawyer Raymond Filipe yesterday praised the two women behind his success, his wife and his late mother.

Mr Filipe is not new to the legal arena as he currently serves as a Police Prosecutor in the Suva Magistrates Court.

Raymond Filipe with wife Kellie Filipe,son Anthony Filipe and Kylan Filipe during the admission ceremony for the newly admitted legal practitioners at the Suva high court on November 9, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Raymond Filipe with wife Kellie Filipe,son Anthony Filipe and Kylan Filipe during the admission ceremony for the newly admitted legal practitioners at the Suva high court on November 9, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Looking back, the 36 year-old thanked his late mother who singlehandedly raised him and his two older siblings by working as a waitress.

“We did not have much and we started from humble beginnings in Kalabu but we never felt like we lacked anything as she made sure we had everything we needed,” Mr Filipe said.

“My mother passed way four years ago. She was the inspiration behind my success and my grandmother also. My mother worked hard and brought us up well. I take my hat off to her.”

Mr Filipe also credits his wife who stays up late nights with him and looks after their two young children.

“My wife is also the reason for my success with our two kids she gave me time to continue with my studies,” he said.

He said that the arrival of his first born was a driving force behind his decision to pursue his LLB Degree.

“I never thought I would get this far and after my first son was born I wanted to be able to provide a brighter future for my children so I decided to develop myself,” he said.

“I dropped out from Cathedral Secondary School at form five because of peer pressure and while I was at home I realised that education was important and three years later I joined Marist Brothers High School and I have never looked back since.”

From left:Asmeeta Ram,Ronal Ram,Ronil Ravinesh Ram,Tula Ram and Kusum Anjali during the admission ceremony for the newly admitted legal practitioners at the Suva high court on November 9, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

From left:Asmeeta Ram,Ronal Ram,Ronil Ravinesh Ram,Tula Ram and Kusum Anjali during the admission ceremony for the newly admitted legal practitioners at the Suva high court on November 9, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Suva Police Prosecutor Ronil Ravinesh Ram was also admitted to the bar yesterday.

His dreams of becoming a lawyer stemmed from his time as a court orderly from 2005 to 2006.

“Looking at the lawyers going around in black and white inspired me that one day I will become like them,” the Tavua man said.

“I was brought up very poor I used to walk to my school for over an hour on gravel roads. We did not have electricity where we stayed and our uniforms were never ironed.”

He said his impoverished upbringing also pushed him to strive for a better life.

Lautoka Police Prosecutor 50 year-old Peceli Heritage acknowledged the Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho for allowing the three police officers to complete their studies part time while serving in the force.

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