Information has surfaced tonight that the President of the Fiji Law Society, Dorsami Naidu, is being pressured by some of his members, sympathetic to the interim regime, to allow lawyers to be appointed as judges.
Coupfourpointfive has been told that some of the lawyers trying to change the Society's rules are Ba lawyers Dr Samshu Din Sahu Khan and Adish Narayan and Lautoka based lawyers Haroon Ali Shah and Ikbal Khan.
Narayan was hired by the interim regime to defend it in the case brought about by the late chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs, Ratu Ovini Bokini.
Sources says these lawyers have told Dorsami Naidu to allow them to accept positions under the regime, because the courts have been closed since April 10.
But Naidu is refusing to buckle, saying they must make a principled stand.
The Fiji Law Society has been excluded as a member of the Judicial Service Commission constituted under the Administration of Justice Decree.
The Commission is responsible for appointing judges, magistrates, justices of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and the Chief Justice.
Meanwhile, sources have told us that work on finalising a Decree to amend the Legal Practitioners Act and make the interim Attorney-General as the licensing authority of all lawyers, instead of the Law Society is almost complete and could be promulgated soon.