To have to enunciate
these objectives in a legislative form highlights the onerous
responsibility that practitioners carry.
Naturally, even if these objectives were not legislated, it
should still be the hallmark of every lawyer.With the advent
of modern technology, Fiji faces the frightening possibility
of being left behind in the 20th century unless we
were to make some attempt to keep up with this global development.Hence,
we hope that the Fiji Law Society’s presence on the Website
will in some little way keep the profession in tune with these
The legal fraternity has undergone much change since our country’s
independence in 1970.
Already there is a fast growing recognition even within the
ranks of its modest 250 membership that the profession must
change with the times. By change I do not mean change for the
sake of change but change to better equip us to deliver competently,
the unique skills that have been associated with the legal profession.
The public, who we serve, know too well the many instances where
we have failed to live up to the image for which the profession
was once recognised.
I dare say that these critical observations are not necessarily
restricted to our tiny Islands only. However, a realisation
of this failure and a resolve to address the wrong is a prerequisite
to bringing “honour” back to the profession.
The recent unsettling events remind us of the strategic role
that a law society can play in a time of uncertainty.It is my
privilege to work with a dedicated team of seven colleagues
who all share a common resolve to better and develop the profession.
Each of them is there because they believe they can still make
a difference. Unlike some of our overseas counterparts, no
council members receive any remuneration but they have never
begrudged this fact either.
They already come from busy practices or occupy senior legal
posts and are recognised as leaders in the practice of law in
their own right. My Council and I recognise that we cannot undo
all the wrong for which the profession is guilty of.
We have no illusions of the mammoth task entrusted to us as
a Council. We do not see that this trust is ceded to us by
our members only but by the public who are our ultimate benefactors
and by whom the legal profession are to be finally judged.
The Society’s new presence on the Website is but a small expression
of the Council’s commitment to giving our next generation a
fresh start. I hope you will find our Website informative and