27 Feb 2007

Fiji's Attorney General believes plenty of judges willing to fill vacancies

5:20 pm on 27 February 2007

Fiji's Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khayum, believes there will be no shortage of candidates to fill the place of senior judges who feel they cannot be reappointed by the interim administration.

The President of the Fiji Court of Appeal, Justice Gordon Ward, has revealed that four overseas judges have failed to renew their positions and a number of others will join them by the end of the year.

Mr Sayed-Khayum says there will be no practical impact on the judicial process:

"There are numerous people both here and overseas, and very capable people in common law jurisdictions and very good jurisdictions, who are willing to come and serve on the Fiji Appeal Court and even in the Supreme court."

Fiji's Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khayum.

Justice Ward says the judges agree it is their duty to continue to sit as long as they can lawfully.

But, he says to be reappointed in the current circumstances would be a breach of their judicial oaths.