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‘Understand Equality’

Chief Justice Anthony Gates says one of the most important provisions in the Constitution is to understand the importance of equal treatment, the right to equality and the freedom from
15 Sep 2016 08:49
‘Understand Equality’

Chief Justice Anthony Gates says one of the most important provisions in the Constitution is to understand the importance of equal treatment, the right to equality and the freedom from discrimination.

“Practice it in your professional life as it is one of the most important provisions in the Constitution,” Chief Justice Gates said.

He was speaking at the admission ceremony for 18 newly admitted legal practitioners for Fiji at the Suva High Court in Suva yesterday.

While citing some examples of people with disability, Chief Justice Gates said: “Earlier the Prime Minister referred to the need to see that no-one is left behind as Fiji goes forward and develops.

“We have just had appointed an Assistant Minister to work in the Ministry of Women and Social Welfare and she has been assigned specific responsibilities for the disabled,” Chief Justice Gates said.

“In the Section 42 of our Constitution specifically deals with the right of persons with disabilities, acknowledges them and empowers them.

“We have much to learn about life in observing how people have endured, coped, risen above and inspired others to succeed as they have along with everyone else,” Chief Justice Gates said.

While congratulating the lawyers, he reminded them of their duties to act at all times as a practitioner professionally devoted to their clients and to act as a responsible, committed, honourable and noble officer of the court.

“You have each taken an oath or affirmation that you will truly and honestly conduct yourself in the practice as a legal practitioner according to the best of your knowledge and ability,” Chief Justice Gates said.

“You will at all times be courteous to court, counsel, litigants and witnesses whilst maintaining moral courage and demonstrating your true independence as a member of the Bar.”

He thanked all the counsel who performed their traditional function of moving the petition for admission of the incoming members of the Bar.

“The new admitted should not forget the generosity of their seniors in this regard.” Chief Justice Gates said.

Chief Justice Gates wished the newly admitted legal practitioners a fruitful and successful career at the Bar.

Edited by Maraia Vula

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