7 May 2007

Fiji Law Society criticises appointment of former military lawyer as magistrate

3:45 pm on 7 May 2007

The Fiji Law Society has criticized the appointment of a former military lawyer, Major Ana Rokomokoti, as a magistrate.

Ms Rokomokoti helped the military prosecute soldiers involved in the May 2000 coup and the army mutiny in November of that year.

She was sworn in as a magistrate by the acting chief justice, Anthony Gates, today.

But the vice president of the Law Society, Tupou Daunidalo, says they have already taken the appointment of Justice Gates as acting chief justice to court.

She says it is therefore disappointing that the Judicial and Legal Services Commission is continuing to make appointments to the magistracy and the judiciary.

Meanwhile, the Fijilive news website reports that a former director of public prosecutions and top diplomat, Isikeli Mataitoga, is tipped to be sworn in as judge next month.

Mr Mataitoga was chief executive in the ministry of foreign affairs and is currently its adviser.