1977 - The Law Society

The Law Society, an association which was created on the 11th May 1977 and had for objects "the safeguard, maintenance and promotion of the interests of the body of Mauritius Attorneys-at-Law, the upholding of the honour, dignity reputation and independence of the members thereof and furtherance of their interests in connection with the practice of their profession". In pursuance of such objects the Society was given the power to consider all matters generally affecting the Attorneys, members of the Society and take such measures as the Society shall think fit in relation thereto and, in particular, matters regarding:

  • (a) the encouragement of the study of jurisprudence and legal education in furtherance thereof;
  • (b) the improvement of the administration of justice in Mauritius;
  • (c) the promotion and support of law reform
    • (i) the members of the legal profession;
    • (ii) the Society and members of the public;
    • (iii) the Society and members of the legal profession in other countries.
  • (d) the safeguard of the right of access of the Courts of Mauritius for members of the public and their representation by Attorneys and/or Counsel before such courts and other tribunals;
  • (e) the affiliation of the Society to any similar association Society in Mauritius or elsewhere and the delegation of representatives of the Society thereto;
  • (f) the joining of any federation of professionals in Mauritius or elsewhere and the delegation or representatives of the Society thereto;
  • (g) the assistance and collaboration with the legal bodies in the administration of justice;
  • (h) the promotion of maintenance of internal discipline among attorneys, members of the society;
  • (i) the amicable settlement of all disputes between Attorneys; members of the society;
  • (j) the forming, with its own members, of an office for giving free or gratuitous advice to poor persons, whose cases may be distributed among the several attorneys, members of the society, to be followed up, if that should be done;
  • (k) the representation of all attorneys of the court, collectively, as to their common rights and interests.

The first seven members of Law Society were André Regnard, Georges Robert, Swallehah Mohabeer, Georges Ng Wong Hing, Hassam Salehmohamed, V.K. Dwarka and Patrick Balmano. They composed the first committee of the Law Society. The presidents of the Law Society were: Andre Regnard (1977) André Robert S.A. (1978 to 1991 and 1995) Rajeshwar Bucktowongsing (1992, 1994, 1998) Narendra Appa Jala (1996, 1997 and 2003 to 2007) Sultan Sohawon (1993, 2001) Theyvarajen Modely Ponambalum (1999) Osman Abbasakoor (2000) Sacheedanand Veerasamy S.A. ("Tida") (2002) Manogaran Mardemootoo S.A. (2008) The first diner of the Law Society was held on the 14th September 1985 at the Continental Hotel of Curepipe under the chairmanship of André Robert. Below are some of the photos taken on the occasion of the fist diner hosted by the Law Society: 

The first joint diner organized by the Bar Council and the Law Society was held at the Queen Elisabeth College Rose Hill on 12th May 1989 at the occasion of the appointment of Sir Victor Glover as Chief Justice. Below are some of the photos taken on the occasion of the fist jointly hosted dinner by the Bar Council and the Law Society:

On the 17th July 1989 the Law Society for the first time paid tribute to one of its members and presented a silver plate to André Robert to celebrate his 50th years practice as attorney. Below are some of the photos taken on the occasion of the presentation of the silver plate by the Law Society: