The former President of the Fiji Law Society Graham Leung says he will not be applying for a certificate to practise law because he does not recognise the interim government.
Under the new legal practitioners decree, the issuing of these certificates has been transferred from the Law Society to the Chief Registrar.
The deadline for lawyers to apply is Monday, but as it's a public holiday, they have until the end of today to submit their applications.
Mr Leung says with regime critics applying under this new decree, they give the interim government a de facto recognition.
And, Mr Leung says, that's why he won't apply.
"I'm not therefore in a position to subscribe to this new legal order, and I'm not going to put my stamp of authority or recognition or give it my approval in any way or form."
The former President of the Fiji Law Society Graham Leung.