23 Jun 2009

Fiji's interim government to oversee complaints against lawyers

10:38 am on 23 June 2009

The vast majority of Fiji's lawyers have applied for practising certificate under a controversial set of rules decreed by the government.

The certificates are issued through the interim government's Chief Registrar office, a responsibility transferred from the Law Society.

Janet Mason, a lawyer from Fiji who's practising in New Zealand, has not reapplied for a certificate.

She says she's concerned complaints against lawyers are now also handled by the interim regime instead of the Law Society.

"There are provisions under the new decree which set out the way in which complaints are to be handled but that is a worry for lawyers who have not been viewed kindly by the current regime."

Janet Mason says some believe the new decree is punishment for speaking out against the actions of the interim regime.