The new members were sworn-in on November 30, 2023, at the High Court in Nyamirambo.
Lawyer Moïse Nkundabarashi, the President of the Rwanda Bar Association, emphasized the importance of embodying values and transparency in their daily work.
He cautioned them against mistakes that could tarnish the reputation of their profession, urging adherence to the law, self-respect, respect for other institutions and courts, discretion, and humanity.
"I urge you, as you commence your career, to adhere to the principles laid out in the law, maintain self-respect, show respect for other institutions and courts, exercise discretion, and embrace humanity. By doing so, you will not only excel in your chosen profession, but your clients will also hold you in high regard and trust," stated Nkundabarashi.
He encouraged the new lawyers to familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations governing their profession, treating them as guiding principles throughout their careers.
Nkundabarashi also highlighted the government’s push, particularly from the Justice Department, for alternative dispute resolution (ADR), urging the legal professionals to embrace and implement this approach.
Additionally, Nkundabarashi reminded the new lawyers that their entrance into the legal profession coincides with the government’s emphasis on resolving issues through ADR, aligning with the principles endorsed by the Justice Department.
He stressed the significance of their role in the justice system, prompting them to enhance their professional performance. The President of the High Court, Jean Pierre Habarurema, underscored the importance of lawyers in facilitating swift and efficient justice, benefiting both the Department of Justice and the broader legal system.
Habarurema cautioned against extending assistance to the High Court due to its final decision-making authority, preventing the possibility of a second appeal. The Rwanda Bar Association, having grown from its inception with 37 lawyers to 1550 over the past 25 years, continues to expand its capacity to advocate for justice and assist individuals in legal matters.