3 Jun 2003

Fiji appeal court rejects CFF case

4:24 am on 3 June 2003

The Fiji Court of Appeal has rejected an application by the Citizens Constitutional Forum to have a coup-related case referred to the Supreme Court.

The CFF filed the application so it could have rulings from the Supreme Court for use by the authorities should emergencies arise in the future like those produced in the coup.

They relate to the powers of the president to dismiss the prime minister, the appointment of a caretaker prime minister and constitutional issues arising from the use of the doctrine of necessity.

But the Court of Appeal has rejected the CCF's application to seek declarations from the Supreme Court, saying some arguments are weak and irrelevant and others are unpersuasive.

The Appeal Court says it is not persuaded that leave should be granted to take the issues to the highest court.