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Monday 1 November 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Local, National
Kathleen Bergin after being admitted to the bar supported by friends and family. 21102944
It means they can appear in court on behalf of
The two were supported by family and friends
when they were admitted by Chief Justice Sir Hugh Williams.
Both women were covered in neck eis and
emotions were high as Bergin read her oath.
Justice Williams said welcoming barristers and
solicitors was one of the most pleasant duties a judge could have.
“The only downside is there can’t be many more
flowers left on the island,” Justice Williams said referring to the eis the
women were wearing.
The judge said having more women practitioners
in the Cook Islands was great.
“Nearly all the recent admissions that I can
recall over the past couple of years or so have been women,” the Judge
“The role of practitioners in the Cook Islands
must be just about 50/50 on gender balance. That’s a great trend in the way
things are going.”
Outside of court Bergin, who had already been
admitted to the bar in New Zealand, said being admitted in the Cook Islands was
very meaningful because it was home.
Bergin said the study of law was hard and not
for the faint-hearted.
“I studied as an adult student so it’s very
different to the younger ones that came out of school,” she said.
“I’m not a young person so I’m not starting a
career, I’ve already got a career but for people who are like me, a mature
adult, I think everything is possible. I don’t think we ever stop learning.”
Pittman, an Auckland University graduate in
2020, said she was looking forward to being involved in trials in court.
“I’m definitely excited to be able to appear
in court, I feel like I’ve been waiting all year to get in court and that’s the
thing I’m most excited about. I’m just eager,” Pittman said.