#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: No word on new Judges and CJ

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

No word on new Judges and CJ

There's still no sign of when Fiji's judges and chief justice will be appointed.

It's been a week since the magistrates were reappointed.

Sources have told Coupfourpointfive that sisters Nazhat Shameem and Shaista Shameem, have refused to take up any positions under the new legal order.

Coupfourpointfive can also confirm that three judges have refused to accept any appointments under the new legal order. They are Justice Filimoni Jitoko, Justice Jiten Singh and Justice Gwen Philips.

A similar scenario happened after the 2000 coup that toppled Mahendra Chaudhry's government. The abrogation of the Constitution led to the resignations of former Vice-President Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi as High Court judge and Jai Ram Reddy as the President of Fiji Court of Appeal.

While Ratu Joni moved into private practice at Howards, Mr Reddy was re-appointed as Appeals Court President, a few months after constitutional rule and democracy was restored, following the general elections held in August 2001.

He resigned as Court of Appeal President in March 2003 after being appointed as judge on the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda by the UN General Assembly.

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