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Magistrate Waits For Methodist Church Papers

Magistrate Waits For Methodist Church Papers
Viva Panapasa Simote outside Employment Relations Tribunal on May 4, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
July 28
11:13 2018

The case of an ordained woman minister who took her employer, the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma to court, has been adjourned to August 9 because some documents have not been submitted in court.

The matter was brought before Magistrate Andrew See in the Employment Relations Tribunal Court.

Viva Panapasa Simote, was represented by Noel Tofinga while the Methodist Church of Fiji was represented by Simione Valenitabua.

Mr Valetabua told the court that he had the documents with him, but would submit it to the court.

Magistrate See said that the materials were requested on July 24.

“When I require some materials I am doing that for a particular reason,” Magistrate See said.

He told Mr Valenitabua to submit the required documents to court by Monday and the Suva lawyer confirmed he would do so.

In December last year Ms Simote was informed that she was relieved of her appointment in the Dudley Circuit after she raised questions at an Annual Divisional Ministerial meeting last year in regard to financial statements that were alleged to have never been audited by an external auditor.

Edited by Epineri Vula

wati.talebula@fijisun.com.fj

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