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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
337 lawyers get licence from regime
337 lawyers have been granted practicing certificates by the interim regime, following the rendering of the Fiji Law Society last month.

In a paid advertisement in today's Fiji Times, Acting Chief Registrar Ana Rokomokoti provided the names of the 337 lawyers.

But our sources say there are a total of 375 lawyers who were members of the Law Society.

This mean 48 lawyers are yet to be granted licences, most possibly because they didn't apply.

We can confirm that prominent Suva lawyer Graham Leung did not apply for a practicing certificate.

Other prominent lawyers who were given certificates are Law Society President Dorsami Naidu, Suva lawyers Hemendra Nagin, Richard Naidu, Jon Apted, Ba lawyer Dr Muhammad Samshu Din Sahu Khan, and regime's vocal critics Akuila Naco and Ratu Savenaca Komaisavai.

The Law Society had decided that all lawyers should apply for the certificate because failure to do so would jeopardise the interests of their clients.

Ousted Chairperson of Fiji Human Rights Commission and former Ombudsman Dr Shaista Shameem has also been granted a practicing certificate.

Shameem, a staunch supporter of Frank Bainimarama's regime until the abrogation of the Constitution on 10th April when she lost her job, is likely to enter private practice as reported by Coupfourpointfive two months ago.

Posted by Suliasi Daunitutu in his Matavuvale Blog from Pacific in the Media

Suva, Fiji
Fiji lawyers seek extension to deadline
June 2009
Some Fiji lawyers are seeking more time to apply for practising licences under a new set of rules decreed by the Government.

Legal practitioners have until today to lodge their applications with the acting Chief Registrar Major Ana Rokomokoti.

Under the Legal Practitioners Decree 2009, the issuing of practicing certificates is now the responsibility of the Chief Registrar, something the Fiji Law Society used to do.

FijiLive has been reliably informed that not all local lawyers have applied with some citing ill health or are on business trips.

Nonetheless, most of the country’s 180-plus members are expected to apply to continue practising after the end of this month.

This includes known critics of the Government, with only prominent Suva lawyer Graham Leung publicly voicing his exit from the Fiji judiciary.

Fiji Law Society President Dorsami Naidu said he knew of some lawyers who will not reapply, but did not want to reveal who they are.

“I know some lawyers who wish not to apply and practice under the current conditions, but we at the Law Society have left it up to individual members,” he said.

Rokomokoti said last week that 90 practising licences had been issued.

She has yet to clarify the criteria for determining her consent to the applications.

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