8 Sep 2009

Marshalls Judicial Services Commission to meet next week to discuss appointments

6:21 pm on 8 September 2009

The Judicial Services Commission in the Marshall Islands will be meeting next week to discuss applications received for three judge vacancies at the Traditional Rights Court.

The court has been without judges since early this year after the contracts expired and cabinet twice failed to renew their terms or find replacements.

The Chief Clerk of the Traditional Rights Court, Walter Elbon, says the Judicial Services Commission has received about 20 applications and will make recommendations to cabinet which will then appoint one chief judge and two other judges.

The failure to fill the positions has caused a backlog of cases in the court to grow.

It has also seen the resolution of high-profile land and traditional title disputes to come to a standstill.