December 19, 2013
Lawyers give vows in reo
For the first time te reo Maori has been used in the ceremony admitting lawyers to the bar.
Five recent Victoria University law graduates were this week sworn in as barristers and solicitors at the High Court in Wellington by Justice Joe Williams.
One of the graduates, Tai Ahu, says Justice Williams spoke entirely in Maori and the graduates all made an effort to speak as much Maori as they could, with the crier doing all her announcements in te reo as well.
He says it was cool to see te reo at the forefront of the court process.
Meanwhile, the High Court has reserved its decision on a judicial review on whether Maori Land Court Judge David Ambler was right to stop a lawyer cross examining a witness in te reo Maori during a Waitangi Tribunal hearing into King Country claims.
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