Sunday, February 18, 2018

Be vigilant, stick to

CJ tells 47 new attorneys:


PROUD MOMENT: Attorney Imran Majeed Juman, centre, takes a family photo with his father Shareef and mother Nylah after he was admitted to the bar at the Hall of Justice, in Port of Spain, on Thursday along with several other new lawyers. –Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY

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CHIEF Justice Ivor Archie welcomed this country's newest attorneys on Thursday with the admonition that they must remain vigilant to ensure that they adhere to the highest standards of the legal profession.

Archie told the 47 attorneys that the practice of law is a privilege and not a right.

"To whom much is given, much is desired," Archie said.

Among those taking the oath were five police officers including Bisnath Maharaj, husband of former senior Express journalist, Phoolo Danny-Maharaj.

Of the 47 attorneys, 29 were female and 18 male. Also addressing the attorneys was High Court Judge Justice Vasheist Kokaram who said the legal landscape has changed over the years. He asked the attorneys to consider what their roles would be in the new legal landscape.

"The role of attorneys as the gatekeepers of justice is a serious one," Kokaram said.

"You are society's watchdog." Kokaram said attorneys are called to be enlightened architects of the future.

"You are not alone in this process of transformation. We too as Judges must change. Let us work in tandem if the judicial system is to move forward."