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Law Report Enables Easy Access to System

The newly-launched Fiji Law Reports will help people have a better and easier access to the law system in the country. This was the comment made by the Chief Justice
28 Jun 2017 11:44
Law Report Enables Easy Access to System
From left: Director of Public Prosecutions Christopher Pryde, country director and head of the regional policy programme of UNDP Bakhodir Burkhanov, Chief Justice Anthony Gates and head of co-operation for the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific Christoph Wagner at the Government Buildings in Suva on June 27, 2017. Photo: Kathrin Krishna

The newly-launched Fiji Law Reports will help people have a better and easier access to the law system in the country.

This was the comment made by the Chief Justice Anthony Gates.

“The production of a law report is very important as it shows what the law is stating and now we have the law reports catching up with the volumes,” Mr Gates said.

He also thanked the European Union and United Nations Development Programme for the funding.

“We could not have done that without the partnership with the EU and the UNDP,” he said.

“We have more law reports in the pipeline 2004, 2005 and 2006 which will be released in a month or so and 2009, 2010, 2011 will follow.”

Present were Christoph Wagner, the head of co-operation for the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific and Bakhodir Burkhanov, the country director and head of the regional policy programme of UNDP.

Mr Wagner said: “These law reports will help all the different professionals in the justice sector, the judiciary, practitioners and professionals, policy makers, researchers, academia and students access the justice system.

“It is more transparent and will make it more efficient for them to work in this area.”

Mr Burkhanov said: “This is an important development for Fiji and it helps build authoritative knowledge on the law.

“This Fiji Law Reports is supported by the Fiji Access to Justice Project funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme.

“The access services justice to the  poor and the vulnerable by empowering them to access and exercise legal rights through the justice system in Fiji.

“It also builds the capacity of the justice system to deliver services that are specifically considered for the poor and disadvantaged.”

The event was held at the Judges’ Common Room, Government Building in Suva yesterday.



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