New Cook Islands Solicitor General Graham Leung. AL WILLIAMS/22032401
Cook Islands has welcomed a new Solicitor General and he comes with an impressive CV.
Graham Leung was admitted to the Bar as a barrister and solicitor of the Cook Islands by Chief Justice Sir Hugh Williams at the Ministry of Justice building in Avarua yesterday.
Leung, a Fijian lawyer and former president of the
Fiji Law Society, has been an outspoken critic of Fijian government
policies over the years, and reiterated those concerns as he was welcomed in
“It is a great privilege to be in this country, to appear
“We have always looked to the judiciary here as
robust, it is sad that is not the case in my home country.”
Leung has been the managing partner of a law firm in
He obtained Master of Laws degree from the University
of California and was called to the Bar in 1981. He spent over 15 years in the
Fiji Public Service.
Leung was at one time Fiji’s Deputy Ambassador to the
United Nations based in New York. He has also held senior positions at LawAsia
and the Commonwealth Lawyers Association.
Speaking to Cook Islands News, Leung said it was an
enormous privilege to now be working in “this beautiful country”.
He arrived on Tuesday and said his family would join
him at a later date.
In court, Justice Williams told those gathered to feel
free to take photographs and applaud before Leung took an oath of allegiance.
Leung told those gathered he had never received such a
“It’s fantastic, I’ve never had anything like this
Leung will be sworn in by Queen’s Representative Sir
Tom Marsters at a ceremony today.