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Law Graduate, 50, Ready For The Bar

It was a proud moment for Damodaran Nair when he graduated with a Bachelor of Law, yesterday. After graduating from the University of Fiji in Lautoka yesterday, he will formally
22 Apr 2017 11:00
Law Graduate, 50, Ready For The Bar
From left: Wife Susana Veikoso, son Archie Joshua Nair, Damodaran Nair, son Adrian Krishna Nair and daughter Lorraine Nair. Photo: Shahani Mala

It was a proud moment for Damodaran Nair when he graduated with a Bachelor of Law, yesterday.

After graduating from the University of Fiji in Lautoka yesterday, he will formally appear as a legal practitioner.

The 50-year-old said: “I am so happy to graduate. It’s a big release and my achievement.

“I would like to encourage the young generation to take up law education and age should not be a barrier,” he said.

“I am now looking forward to be admitted to the bar so that I can actually practice.

“I am thankful to my family for the sacrifices they did in order for me to achieve this qualification,” he said.

Mr Nair said he would also like to thank his friends and the lecturers at the University of Fiji.

“They were very co-operative and the way they took students through the programme was commendable.

“I started to practice in 2008 without any qualification in law,” he said.

As a law student he was already winning cases in the Employment Courts.

Mr Nair said under employment law, a person who had sound knowledge of the employment law and was familiar with the court procedures may be allowed by the judge or magistrate to practice.

“This had inspired me to take up law courses.

“There were lot of objections to my representation, like I was not a qualified lawyer, but I was appearing in employment matters.

“There have been court rulings in my favour where it has been upheld that I can appear in person; provided I have the authority of the party I am representing.”

Mr Nair he is looking forward to representing workers who are non-unionists.

He currently resides in Namotomoto, Nadi with his family. Mr Nair said he also had a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from the University of the South Pacific (USP).

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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