By Baba Sillah
A total of 58 lawyers were yesterday called to the bar after successfully completing their legal studies at the Gambia Law School marking the 7th batch of lawyers since the establishment of the school seven years ago.
The lawyers comprise men and women of different nationalities who were certified in a colorful ceremony attended by the Vice President Ousainu Darboe, the Attorney General and the Speaker of the National Assembly at the law courts complex in Banjul.
Addressing the young graduates, the Chief Justice Hassan B Jallow challenged them to live up to expectation and be upright as lawyers who are ready to serve the interest of the people.
The Chief Justice further urged the young lawyers to demonstrate good conduct and character in their work, saying ‘the profession requires good conduct and characters as a noble profession.’
CJ Jallow commended the staff of the school for their dedication in ensuring that the graduates meet the highest standard of international recognition.
He said yesterday’s event marked 146th anniversary of the bar in the country, noting that the profession is a noble one which requires hard work, dedication and honesty and urged the young graduates to maintain that legacy.
“Hard work and honesty has honourable rewards which you must demonstrate as a lawyer and you have a life time continuous education ahead of you. Let me remind you as young graduates this profession is not for selfish people and dishonest people.”
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubacarr Tambadou also admonished the graduates to uphold the rule of law to ensure justice.
He stressed that the certificates conferred on them are not for economic gains only but rather to defend the interest of the public and the voice of the voiceless.
Justice Minister Tambadou urged the young lawyers to be always humble and demonstrate humility as well as to be ready to learn from their seniors.
Prizes were also given to the most outstanding students, which were donated by private legal firms through the law school.