Legal students get certified

73 students from the Legal Training Institute in Port Moresby received certificates after the successful conclusion of the 5th Commercial Litigation Workshop.

Delivered by a volunteer training team from the Queensland Bar Association, the workshop was aimed at developing the student's legal skills.

The ultimate aim of the workshop is to equip the law students to serve the needs of Papua New Guinea's developing economy.

"There is still a need to groom better legal practitioners who will contribute positively to the administration of the legal system and the rule of law in PNG," said renowned lawyer Mal Varitimos during the ceremony yesterday.

Varitimos reminded the students that hard work, preparation and ethical practice are traits of the legal profession.

Varitimos, who has a wealth of knowledge and has practiced law in PNG extensively, said PNG has 1,100 certified law practitioners at present.

Minister for Justice and Attorney General Davis Steven highlighted the changing landscape of legal practice and challenged the students to do more to restore public confidence and trust in the judicial system of the country.

Meanwhile, student representative Immanuel Sawan extended their gratitude to the facilitators and legal fraternity of both PNG and the Queensland Bar.

Sawan challenged his colleagues to diligently practice what they have learnt and maintain integrity in the legal profession.

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Carolyn Ure