The new Adminstration of Justice Decree states that all judicial appointments must be made by the Judicial Services Commission. Section 18(1) of the Decree gazetted last Thursday states the Judicial Service Commission, apart from appointing judges, also appoints, a Magistrate, Central Agricultural Tribunal and makes appointments to all judicial offices under the Decree.
But Fiji’s new legal today appointed magistrates without a Judicial Service Commission. The Magistrate would normally have taken their oath of office before the Chief Justice. But without a Chief Justice, the oath was taken before the President.
Meanwhile sources have told Coupfourpointfive that all court officers, including court clerks of the High Court of Fiji at Suva, Lautoka and Labasa, have just been terminated.
Sources say all High Court files containing cases against the interim regime have been taken to the office of the newly appointed Chief Registrar Ana Rokokomoti for shredding.