There is growing concern about Fiji's dysfunctional judiciary.
The High Court remains closed 31 days after the abrogation of the Constitution, with no sign of any judges or a Chief Justice being appointed.
All sitting judges and magistrates were terminated by the Revocation of Judicial Appointments Decree.
Eight of the nine magistrates have been re-appointed with the new appointee being Nadi lawyer Faizal Koya, a speaker of the Fiji Muslim League and son of Former Opposition Leader, the late Siddiq Koya.
Legal sources have told us, that so far the magistrates have only been adjourning cases, allocating dates, granting bail or remanding suspects.
They say all High Court cases have been allocated new dates from mid-June.
The cases were initially deferred from April to May but kept getting shifted by the High Court Registry.
Coupfourpointfive can confirm the following judges have signalled clearly that they will not accept appointments under the New Legal Order:
1. Anthony Gates (former Chief Justice)
2. Nazhat Shameem
3. Jiten Singh
4. Filimoni Jitoko
5. Gwen Philips
6. Thomas Hickie (returned to Australia)
7. Jocelyn Scutt (returning to Australia)
Isikeli Mataitoga and Daniel Gounder haven't indicated yet whether they will take up positions under the new judiciary, but both are likely to take the same stand as their colleagues.
Lautoka lawyer Ikbal Khan’s name has surfaced as a judge and even as Chief Justice.
Our legal sources have told us that Colonel Mohammed Aziz, who acts as army commander in Frank Bainimarama’s absence, travelled to Ba last Thursday to convince constitutional lawyer and Fiji Football Association President, Dr Mohammad Samshu-Din Sahu Khan, to accept appointment of Chief Justice.
We can confirm Dr Sahu Khan declined Aziz’s offer.