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State Given Time In No Jab, No Job Case

FTA is seeking a declaration that the COVID-19 vaccination regulations formulated by Government in the Health and Safety at Work (General Work) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 contravene certain provisions of the Fijian Constitution.
21 Oct 2021 13:22
State Given Time In No Jab, No Job Case

State Counsel in the ‘No Jab, No Job’ case filed by the Fijian Teachers Association wishes to consolidate all Constitutional Redress proceedings before the court.

There are three separate matters ongoing against the policy.

Representing the State, Minister for Employment and Attorney-General; lawyers David Edward Solvalu and Nazia Ali, said they wished to consolidate proceedings and try the cases one after the other starting with the FTA case.

FTA is seeking a declaration that the COVID-19 vaccination regulations formulated by Government in the Health and Safety at Work (General Work) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 contravene certain provisions of the Fijian Constitution.

They contend that the contravention makes the regulations invalid and is against the rights of its members.

Mr Solvalu requested for eight weeks to file a response which was objected to by FTA lawyer Simione Valenitabua.

Chief Justice Kamal Kumar granted the State six weeks and 14 days for the plaintiffs to respond.

In a separate case, Former Fiji National University lecturer Nanise Vucago appeared before Chief Justice Kamal Kumar yesterday and objected to a six weeks adjournment.

State counsel had requested for six weeks to file affidavits.

Ms Vucago opposed the request saying justice cannot be delayed because people are dying from the COVID-19 vaccines.

The case has been adjourned to December 16 for mention.

In the criminal matter, Vucago, who goes by the name Vucago Noody on Facebook, was charged with five counts of Malicious Acts Contrary to Section 15 (a) of the Public Or¬der Act 1969.

She allegedly posted videos on social media in relation to the COVID-19 vaccine which allegedly caused public anxiety.

Both cases have been adjourned to December 16 for mention.

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