Attorney General and Minister for Civil Service Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum today announced the roll out of the Open Merit Recruitment and Selection Guideline (OMRS Guideline) which will apply across all Government Ministries and Departments.
Crowd favorites and two time Oceania representatives to the FIFA Futsal World Cup; Solomon Islands made an impressive start to their campaign at the 2016 OFC Futsal Championship in Suva tonight, beating Tahiti 3-0.
Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry today questioned the independence and authority of Fiji’s judiciary system.
In his party's final submission to the Constitutional Commission, Chaudhry said the independence and authority of the judiciary have been "seriously compromised by the promulgation of the Administration of Justice Decrees 9 and 10 of 2009”.
He submitted that these decrees should be repealed.
“Judges and magistrates are now appointed by the President on the advice of the Judicial Services Commission following consultation with the Prime Minister and the Attorney General,” Chaudhry said.
He said even magistrates cannot be appointed unless the Judicial Services Commission consults with the Prime Minister and the Attorney General.
“The authority of the courts has been circumscribed to exclude from its jurisdiction any application or matter challenging any decision or action of the regime – its ministers and officials etc - retrospective to 5th December 2006 and all actions pending in the courts in such matters were discontinued under the decrees,” Chaudhry said.
He said the allegation of interference with and the manipulation of the judiciary by the Attorney General as alleged in a petition dated July 12, 2012 to the PM by the former president of the Fiji Court of Appeal, Justice William Marshall, has shaken the confidence of the people in the judiciary.
“We are not saying that the allegations are true but the truth of the matter can only be established after an independent investigation,” Chaudhry added.
He also added that the legislature should also require judges and magistrates to deliver their judgments/ decisions within six months of the date in which the hearings concluded.
“There have been cases where judgments remained undelivered for very long periods (years in fact) thus delaying and denying justice to the parties,” he added.
AG discusses aviation with Singapore envoyAttorney-General and Minister for Civil Aviation, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and the High Commissioner of Singapore, Mr Verghese Matthews met in Suva yesterday to discuss wide range of issues including the upcoming Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit.
Solomon Islands remain on songThe Solomon Islands Futsal team remains on song in the 2016 OFC Futsal Championship and looks the team to beat after an impressive 5-1 victory over New Caledonia in their second match in Suva tonight.
Pope prays for peace in Syria, KoreaPope Francis prayed for a "political solution" in Syria and for "reconciliation" on the Korean peninsula in his first Easter Sunday message in front of a crowd in St Peter's Square.
Fiji receives ICT awardFiji’s efforts in harnessing its ICT sector has been recognised by the International Telecommunications Union and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday received the ICTs in Sustainable Development Award in New York.