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Justice Is Enshrined In Constitution, Says Expert

Section 118 (9) of the Fijian Constitution which specifies that Parliament must ensure there are adequate funds allocated for the proper running of the Legal Aid Commission is exemplary. These
10 Dec 2016 11:00
Justice Is Enshrined In Constitution, Says Expert
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Section 118 (9) of the Fijian Constitution which specifies that Parliament must ensure there are adequate funds allocated for the proper running of the Legal Aid Commission is exemplary.

These was the comment from LexisNexis executive director, Myfanwy Wallwork.

This, she said, was a real indication of the Fijian Government’s determination to allow for access to judicial system by common Fijians.

LexisNexis is a world renowned legal publishing company which has worked with the Solicitor-General’s Office and the Attorney-General’s Office for 18 months consolidating all Fijian laws.

Speaking at the Attorney-General’s Conference being held at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa in Natadola, Ms Wallwork also applauded the team at the Solicitor-General’s Office for their dedication towards consolidating Fijian laws, which has been done after 31 years.

“For me, one of the strongest memories is early on in the project when I received a copy of the Constitution and understanding that legal aid is not only provided for but has to be adequately funded.

“Access to legal remedy is one of the pillars of the Rule of Law and this constitutional support and acknowledgement of the need to fund institutions like Legal Aid is just one reason I am proud to work with the Government of the Republic of Fiji,” Ms Wallwork said.

She further talked about the rule of law and its application.

“First, all are equal under the law. All people, business and governments are accountable and the law applies to everyone in the same way, no matter who you are. There’s transparency of law. Laws must be clear, precise, affordable and accessible while protecting fundamental human rights.

“There must be an independent judiciary, ensuring equality and fairness and last, there must be timely access to legal remedy or access to resolution in a court of law. The stronger each of these components are, the greater the rule of law,” she said.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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