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Fijian Laws Online To Be Fast Tracked

A Bill to allow ordinary Fijians to access the nation’s consolidated laws online is expected to be fast tracked through Standing Order 51 in Parliament. The Revised Addition of the
08 Jul 2016 09:42
Fijian Laws Online To Be Fast Tracked
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum outside parliament yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

A Bill to allow ordinary Fijians to access the nation’s consolidated laws online is expected to be fast tracked through Standing Order 51 in Parliament.

The Revised Addition of the Law Consequential Amendment Bill 2016 will be debated and passed through Standing Order 51.

The Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said in Parliament yesterday it was important that laws of Fiji be revised and consolidated.

He said it was to allow not only judges, magistrates and lawyers, but also ordinary Fijians as well, to have greater access to laws and justice.

“Upon completion of the consolidation of the laws of Fiji, the Government will set up a website where all Fijians will access the consolidated laws of Fiji for free,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said a team of 30 staff members from the Attorney-General’s chambers had been working tirelessly to review and consolidate all the laws.

“This requires going back in history with our laws to ensure that all relevant laws are captured. As you can imagine that 30 years’ worth of laws; that’s a big amount of laws to review and this work has been going on for more than a year,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said law revision was a process where written laws are updated and consolidated which meant that all written laws and subsequent amendments are revised and written into one; published into volumes of law.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said previous consolidations of laws took place in Fiji in 1985.

He said since then the laws of Fiji had not been consolidated over a period of 30 years.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the consolidated laws would now have 20 volumes with the total of 363 laws.

He said in order to carry out successful law revisions according to modern day standards, they needed to tidy up these laws to update them by referencing an overall modern style of legal drafting.

He also said it was clear that these laws needed to be updated and amendments didn’t need to go through the standing committee, which is why they were moving the Bill under Standing 51 .

“The amendments are consequential to the law revision process to tidy up the law and make them consistent,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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