Nissa Thompson was called to the Bar before Chief Justice Rony Govinden and Judge David Esparon on Tuesday 25 January 2022 in court room 1.
Mrs. Thompson started her pupillage at the Attorney General’s Office in January 2020. She is best known for her work in the Anti Money Laundering and International Cooperation Unit in assisting mutual legal assistance.
During the ceremony, Attorney General Frank Ally gave his vote of confidence, stating that she is capable and received “completely exposure necessary to practice”, he said.
Colleagues from the AG’s office also spoke highly of Mrs. Thompson’s work ethic and passion. Mr. Stefan Knights explained how she was influential in clearing the backlog of legal mutual assistance for Foreign Affairs – something that had not been done before. He added that people within the Foreign Affairs department also commended her.
Senior lawyer John Renaud and Judge Esparon both gave their support as well, stating that she is one of those young, bright female lawyers who has a good career ahead of her.
Addressing her in court, the Chief Justice noted that Mrs. Thompson has “prosecutorial zeal”, something which he added is rare. However as a word of advice, he added, “With this in mind you must also learn to choose your battles as it can take a toll on you. One day you may choose to fight if needed, and the next day you might not. Channel your zeal.”