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High Court Upholds Hot Bread Kitchen Fine Of $10K

The Court highlighted that when an Order was published in the Government of Fiji gazette, then there was no need for the Order to be served on anyone.
31 Mar 2022 14:20
High Court Upholds Hot Bread Kitchen Fine Of $10K
Hot Bread Kitchen outlet in Butt Street, Suva. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga.

The High Court in Lautoka recently delivered its judgement on the appeal by the Hot Bread Kitchen.

Last month, the Corporate Management Services Limited – trading as Hot Bread Kitchen – was found guilty of selling a price-controlled item, namely loaves of small wholemeal sliced bread, at $1.12 instead of the then maximum authorised price of $0.88.

They were fined $10,000 by the Magistrate’s Court and ordered to pay $2000 as prosecution costs.

The matter was appealed by Hot Bread Kitchen before the Lautoka High Court on March 22, 2021.

The High Court subsequently delivered its judgment on March 24, 2022 in favour of the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) by dismissing Hot Bread Kitchen’s appeal due to lack of merits and re-affirming the sentence initially imposed by the Magistrate’s Court.

The Court highlighted that when an Order was published in the Government of Fiji gazette, then there was no need for the Order to be served on anyone.

The publication was construed to be judicially noticed as per section 21 of the Interpretation Act.

“FCCC takes breaches of the FCCC Act very seriously, and will pursue all avenues available to deliver justice,” said the commission’s chief executive officer Joel Abraham.

“Time and time again, we have urged traders to not act unscrupulously, to be ethical in their dealings with customers, but it seems as though there are some who always want to beat the system.”

Mr Abraham stressed that the commission had zero tolerance against traders who mislead and deceive Fijian consumers out of their hard-earned money, and that the commission would continue to monitor traders to ensure that consumer rights are always protected.

While the commission urged traders to understand the implications, the FCCC Act could have on their business, it also stood ready to inform businesses by way of awareness sessions.

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