May 4, 2011, 2:44 PM
Two Gambians, Mr. Aziz Bensounda and Ms. Sasum Sillah were recently called to the bar as legal practitioners after successfully completing their studies in the law.
The ceremony took place at the office the chief justice at Banjul High Court.
Speaking at the occasion, Chief Justice Abdou Karim Savage said that legal practitioner must combine and satisfy three fundamental requirements. " The first is competence here means learning knowledge of the law and rules, ability to apply them and using the skills to practice and also having qualification and admitted to the Gambian bar," he said.
He added that the second requirement is to serve the course of justice, "this requires adherence to the due process of law and furthering the rule of law. In providing legal service, practitioners must abide by the law and regulations. They must not use short cuts or sharp practices," he said. He asserted that the two new legal practitioners must stick to the course of justice for no other consideration than justice itself. He pointed out that their motivation and primary objective must be justice. "They must not be driven by greed, love of power, wealth or fame. Therefore competence, service and justice are fundamental requirements in their work coming to their obligation and responsibilities," he added. "
You indeed owe a duty to courts, assisting judges and magistrates to arrive at the justice of the matter always counseling and guiding everyone whether clients or opponents towards one objective, assisting the court," he concluded.