by Eric Haurupma – EM TV, Port Moresby
The Australian Queens Council, Paul Maritimos, has encouraged upcoming lawyers to uphold their professional code of conduct in office.
Mr Maritimos revealed this in his presentation titled ‘Court Etiquette” at the University of Papua New Guinea yesterday.
He announced to over 300 participants that lawyers conduct is an important virtue in official conduct.
“Upcoming layers have had to uphold their in-house protocols while presenting in court or deal with their clients in a best possible manner.”
“There is not enough education in relation to court etiquette of practitioners though….too much focus on legal principles and so the aspect of common courtesy and court etiquette has declined.”
However, his presentation encouraged lawyers to present themselves in a best possible manner while appearing in court or when dealing with clients.
This presentation also has a benefit of Justice Collier making a commentary on Mr Varitimos paper to get her perspective on the aspect of how judges may view the profession and their appearances in court.
Dean of Law School, Dr Mange Matui, said presentations by Mr. Varitimos accompanied with Australian judge, Justice Collier, unveils some of the fundamental courtesies that have not been written in the law books.
He said through conferences and seminar presentations like this, students will be able to understand the formalities of upholding professional lawyers conduct.
Present at the ceremony were trainees at the Legal Training Institute, law students and lecturers, University community and official guests.