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Ra District Calls For Reintroduction Of iTaukei Court System

A district in Ra has called for the  re-introduction of the iTaukei court system (Mataveilewai iTaukei). This was heard during the Draft Village bylaw consultation yesterday by the Tikina (district)
12 Apr 2017 11:00
Ra District Calls For Reintroduction  Of iTaukei Court System
From left: Rigieta Nadakuitavuki, retired chief magistrate Aminiasi Katonivualiku, deputy-secretary Ministry of iTaukei Affairs Saimoni Waibuta, Permanent Secretary Ministry of iTaukei Afairs Naipote Katonitabua, deputy chief executive iTaukei Affairs Board Apakuki Kurusiga. Photo: Litia Tikomailepanoni

A district in Ra has called for the  re-introduction of the iTaukei court system (Mataveilewai iTaukei).

This was heard during the Draft Village bylaw consultation yesterday by the Tikina (district) Tokaimalo in Ra.

Tikina Tokaimalo includes 10 villages: Nailawa, Nabalabala, Namataveikai, Vunisea, Nayaulevu, Navuniyaumunu, Naivutu, Naraviravi, Navavai and Naraliyaba.

Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua said it was introduced in the last iTaukei governance programme or the leadership system from 1954 to 1967.

“This is a separate court sitting at village level where breaches within the village bylaws are taken into that court system,serving the district at village level,” he said.

District representative Peni Ravokasaid the court system was neutral adding that they would be more organised in handling breaches.

Mata Ni Tikina Rakiraki Joape Naiso shared the same sentiments adding that it would make life easier.

The Tikina Rakiraki includes four villages, Navutulevu, Navuavua, Malake and Vatusekiyasawa.

Mr Katonitabua said a number of judges were trained on this court system and one of them, retired chief magistrate Aminiasi Katonivualiku, was a member of the panel.

Mr Katonibau said many districts in the 12 provinces had put forth the same submission. The reason being that the system understood the culture and values at village level.

Meanwhile, Mr Katonitabua noted the increased number of those registered in the Vola Ni Kawa Bula.

“In the first quarter of this year we have seen the increase in numbers of official registrations. It’s a much improved level compared to previous years,” he said.

Mr Katonitabua highlighted that during the 14 provincial council meeting late last year, part of the resolution from each provincial council was to get the turaga-ni-vanua, the leaders in the tikina and villages to formalise our record book in the VKB.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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