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Lawyers Hold Talks Today At Novotel

After a lapse of five years, lawyers from around the country will meet today at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay for their two-day convention. The Attorney-General and Minister for Finance,
25 Sep 2015 10:30

After a lapse of five years, lawyers from around the country will meet today at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay for their two-day convention.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Public Enterprises, Public Service and Communications, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, will deliver the key note address at 1.30pm.

The president of the Fiji Law Society, Peter Knight, said the law society, which is the voice of legal practitioners in the country became effectively defunct since 2010 for a number of reasons.

“It was only revived last year and we wanted to have the convention combined with the society’s annual general meeting,” he said.

“But nonetheless, the convention will start today bringing lawyers together where we will be having a number of speakers talking during these two days.”

A number of different papers will be presented, which will be directed towards daily legal practice.

It attracts regional and local lawyers, judges and Government legal officers, and provides an opportunity for lawyers to meet and take part in education and training programmes.

Members also use the event as a forum to discuss the challenges and issues facing their nation’s legal profession.

“We have tried to ensure that the presentations will be practical to the lawyers,” Mr Knight said.

Some of the topics discussed will be on the abuse of judicial process in criminal litigation, new land sales legislation, Fiji’s constitutional redress regime.

Other speakers are Chief Justice Anthony Gates, Professor Julian Moti QC, Judge Kamal Kumar, Devanesh Sharma and overseas-based Gordon Hughes and Steven Lawrence.

Mr Knight believes it would be the best opportunity for lawyers to get together and discuss pressing issues.

“I think with any profession, there are some better than others, we have some high quality standard lawyers coming out of universities but generally I think there is a general room for improvement in terms of quality,” he said.

farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

 




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