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High Court Amendment Bill 2019 Passed

He had earlier said that the Amendment Bill had the potential to increase the number of judges and therefore extend people’s access to the justice system.
05 Apr 2019 10:15
High Court Amendment Bill 2019 Passed
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Jone Usamate and SODELPA MP Ro Teimumu Kepa. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The High Court Amendment Bill 2019 which seeks to empower the Chief Justice to appoint any number of High Court judges as seen fit, was passed unanimously in Parliament yesterday.

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the amendments sought to remove the stated figures with respect to the number of High Court judges that the judicial system could have at any point in time.

“The Bill will be adding to the independence of the judiciary,” Mr Sayed- Khaiyum said.

He had earlier said that the Amendment Bill had the potential to increase the number of judges and therefore extend people’s access to the justice system.

Several members of the Opposition supported the Bill including Mosese Bulitavu who said in his experience having gone through the legal judicial

system, the Bill was very important. “It took eight years for the court system to dispose of my case.” Mr Bulitavu said.

“It started in 2011 and ended last Wednesday, so that in itself tells a picture of the system that we have.

“Given the current amendment seeks to allow the Judiciary Services Commission for the Chief Justice to appoint or increase the number of judges at anytime prescribed by law, the Bill is very important.”

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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