06 Feb 2015 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 06 FEB (NAMPA)- High Court Judge Dave Smuts, one of Namibia's experienced lawyers, has been sworn-in as Permanent Judge of Appeals of the Supreme Court.
Smuts, who was appointed by President Hifikepunye Pohamba on the recommendations of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) last month, was sworn-in during the official launch of the Justice Ministry's 2015 legal year here on Friday morning.
Namibia's Chief Justice, Peter Shivute officiated at the event, also graced by Pohamba himself, Prime Minister and President-elect Dr Hage Geingob as well as several members of the country's legal fraternity.
Smuts told the invited legal personalities that he will administer justice to all the Namibian people without fear or favour.
He affirmed that he will faithfully and impartially perform the duties of his office to the best of his ability and in the interest of all Namibians, and for the benefits of the country's democratic achievements.
Smuts had served as an acting judge of the High Court on several occasions over the past few years - in 1996, 1998 and in 2006.
He has been practising law since 1980, first as an attorney with the firm Lorentz & Bone and then as an advocate since 1988.
He attained senior counsel status in April 2004.
Smuts studied law at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and later at Harvard University in the United States of America (USA),where he obtained a Master's degree in law.
He has also been a fellow and guest lecturer at Yale University, also in the USA.
Smuts had gained a reputation as a human rights lawyer with his involvement in several political cases in Namibia's courts during the 1980s.
He was also the founding Director of the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) in 1988, and stepped down from that position in 1992 when he went into private practice as an advocate.
Smuts has been serving as chairperson of the LAC's board of trustees after resigning as director of the public interest law firm.
He also served as chairperson of the board of directors of Standard Bank Namibia.