13 Jul 2009

Fiji's former vice-president optimistic lawyers can be effective under new rules

10:20 am on 13 July 2009

Fiji's former Vice-President, lawyer Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, says his colleagues can be effective practising under controversial new rules.

Fiji's interim government has taken over the role of registering lawyers and has granted practising certificates to the large majority.

Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi did not reapply but is leaving the country to sit on the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

But he says he supports his colleagues who have taken up practising certificates under the regime

"They've changed the rules and in order to engage them, to deal them in this new system they've created one has to be part of it. I think that one has to best them at their own game."

Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi says he's ambivalent about leaving Fiji during difficult times but events of the past months have been emotionally draining.