Eleven new pleaders were admitted to the Nauru Bar in a ceremony last week (11 November) at the Court of Nauru.
Following the arrival of the Acting President His Excellency David Adeang, MP, the court convened and the mover of the petitions Assistant Minister for Justice Lionel Aingimea read out the petitions for each of the pleaders.
In his role as mover of the petitions, Assistant Minister Aingimea outlined a brief history and professional career achievements of each of the new pleaders as well as their successful completion of the pleaders course which led to their admission to the bar.
Following the petitions, Acting Chief Justice Jane Crulci welcomed all guests to the auspicious admission ceremony of the new pleaders.
“Those who have undertaken the study represent a new generation who will carry forward the excellent work of the few that have had the responsibility of advising and representing the community today,” Justice Crulci said.
Her Honour added that the pleaders play an essential role in enabling the community to access legal assistance.
“There has been an imbalance between the number of pleaders available and the many Nauruans requiring advice and assistance,” Justice Crulci said.
Justice Crulci urged the new pleaders to learn from the current pleaders how to practice as a pleader in the Nauru court.
Justice Crulci ended her remarks by congratulating the new pleaders and formally endorsing their admission to the Bar.
“We look forward to seeing the positive impact the new next generation of pleaders have as you uphold and defend the rule of law for this court,” Justice Crulci said.
Following Justice Crulci’s remarks the new pleaders swore the oath of admission. Secretary of Justice and Border Control Graham Leung also offered his congratulatory remarks.