The ceremony of handing over letter patents to newly appointed Senior Counsels and Senior Attorneys took place today at the Supreme Court of Mauritius. On behalf of all who were elevated to the rank of Senior Counsel, Marc Hein, Chairman of Juristconsult Chambers, gave a speech that focussed on pursuing the aim of serving the cause of justice and maintaining the highest level of ethics in the legal profession.

Full speech

On behalf of my learned friends elevated to the rank of Senior Counsel and on my own behalf, may I thank the Chief Justice and the President of the Republic for the trust and faith placed in us. It is a great honour upon us after many years in this honourable profession – and also, is it for our families.

More than ever, it shall be our duty to help the judiciary and the Bar in serving the cause of justice and maintaining the highest level of ethics. More than ever it is our duty to contribute towards the preservation of the Rule of Law and the good administration of justice in Mauritius. We know well that our elevation to the position of Senior Counsel is a privilege which comes with corresponding responsibilities and obligations.

Justice can only blossom in our country if the legal profession is respected. Respect can only be achieved with the maintenance of high moral and ethical values. High moral and ethical values are not mere concepts to be taken for granted. We should try to implement them in our everyday life for ourselves, for those around us and transmit them to the future generations, especially through our pupils and juniors in the whole legal profession.

Marc Hein, Chairman of Juristconsult