An Auckland barrister charged with traffic offences denied to reporters that he practises law in New Zealand - before walking to another courtroom to represent a client.

Satendra Prakash Singh, 60, appeared briefly in courtroom five at the Auckland District Court this morning to face charges of careless operation of a vehicle and drink driving.

The Fijian-born lawyer caused momentary confusion when he had to explain to the police prosecutor that he was both the accused and the lawyer representing himself.

Outside court he told media he did not practise law in New Zealand, nor did he live here.


However, half an hour later he was seated among half a dozen other lawyers to represent a client in courtroom five.

Singh would not say if he would defend the allegations or why he denied practising as a lawyer in New Zealand.

He is charged with careless operation of a vehicle and driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit - 80 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood - on July 15.

The charge sheets say he was stopped by police on Church St, near his listed address in the Auckland suburb of Onehunga.

He is due back in court to face the allegations on December 11.