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A boost for the bar

Jan 12, 2010, 12:59 PM

The Call to the Bar on Monday of as many as seven lawyers is indeed a big boost not only for the Gambian Bar, but the entire legal system.

The new lawyers admitted to the roll of Barristers and Solicitors of the Supreme Court of The Gambia, according to the Chief Justice, are "persons found fit and proper in character and learning."

With the coming of this latest batch of legal practitioners, the Gambian Bar can now boost of being strengthened both in numbers and talent.

Lawyers play an important role in the dispensation of justice in any country, and The Gambia is no exception.

We applauded these men and women for joining a noble profession.

We challenge them to deliver to the best of their ability, and to live up to expectations.

The ultimate role of any lawyer is to ensure that justice is done, and is seen to be done, to those they represent in court.

Therefore, we urge the new entrants to the bar to always put the proper administration of justice first before any thing else.

We also invite young Gambians with the right aptitude to consider reading law in the University of the Gambia, since this would help speed up 'Gambianisation' of the entire judiciary.

The fact of the matter is that as a nation we cannot continue to rely on technical assistance either from Nigeria, the Commonwealth or elsewhere to run our judiciary.

We should rather make more efforts in taking charge of our own destiny.

We also hope that this recent development will help in overcoming the delays in delivering justice, and curtail the need for frequent adjournments in our courts.

In their work, our new legal luminaries would surely come across challenges, but with determination and commitment would overcome them.

In fact, they must remember that challenges are just there to be conquered.

"The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency, and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape."

Ralph Waldo Emerson