There are signs former High Court judge Nazhat Shameem is not returning to serve on the judiciary under the interim regime’s New Legal Order.
Sources have told us that Shameem has removed her personal belongings, including law books and journals from her office in Government Buildings two weeks ago.
Coupfourpointfive reported in April that she would not accept a judicial appointment following the abrogation of the Constitution.
Shameem and her eldest sister, ousted Fiji Human Rights Commission Director Shaista Shameem were reportedly outraged at interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum for advising Frank Bainimarama to use President Ratu Josefa Iloilo to abrogate the Constitution on 10th April.
One of the options the Shameem sisters are investigating is to establish a private law practice.
Nazhat Shameem served as Director of Public Prosecutions before being appointed a judge in early 1999. This saw her becoming Fiji’s first Indo-Fijian female judge.
Following the December 5th 2006 coup, she chaired a meeting of the Judicial Service Commission that appointed Anthony Gates as Chief Justice to replace Daniel Fatiaki.