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Familiarity, Knowledge Of Your Work More Important Than Money: Chief Justice

  Twenty-two law graduates were told yesterday that knowledge and familiarity with legal work was much more important than mon­ey. The graduates were admitted to the bar yesterday before judicial
18 Jan 2019 10:00
Familiarity, Knowledge Of Your Work More Important Than Money: Chief Justice
From left, Lavenia Dravuikadavu, Mohammed Maqbool, Chief Justice Anthony Gates and Tevita Vakaloloma after the admission ceremony for the newly-admitted legal practitioners at the High Court in Suva on January 17, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

 

Twenty-two law graduates were told yesterday that knowledge and familiarity with legal work was much more important than mon­ey.

The newly-inducted lawyers after being admitted to the bar outside the High Court in Suva on January 17, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

The newly-inducted lawyers after being admitted to the bar outside the High Court in Suva on January 17, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

The graduates were admitted to the bar yesterday before judicial officers, family and friends.

Chief Justice Anthony Gates told them that money was necessary to live, however their knowledge and famili­arity with court work, ethics and op­erations of a professional office were invaluable.

He encouraged them to celebrate their achievement as a culmination of their hard work and to keep investing in knowledge.

However, Chief Justice Gates remind­ed them that realistically all their wor­ries were far from over.

“Now you have to find a suitable open­ing. Try to find a place where you will continue to learn,” Chief Justice Gates said.

“Some jobs can be cosy and simple, but do nothing for your legal experi­ence and your acquisition of technical knowledge of the law.”

The new lawyers were advised to read widely, learn about the world in books and to go beyond what they studied in university.

“Study cross examination, ethics, me­diation and arbitration, evidence and procedure. You must know the nuts and bolts of how to litigate,” he said.

Further they were urged to offer their services as relief counsels to the Legal Aid Commission.

“While learning your profession you will also assist persons who need your help. Make sure you work hard at such briefs, master the material, the facts and the law.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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