24 Jan 2006

Warning against forces undermining Solomon Islands legal system

9:22 am on 24 January 2006

The President of the Solomon Islands Bar Association says there are people in the country who want to undermine the established legal system.

The Solomon Star newspaper reports Ranjit Hewagama as saying it's often heard that there is no law in place or that laws are defective and inadequate.

Mr Hewagama said in most instances, what was lacking was not the absence of, or defects in, the existing legislation, but enforcement.

He said Solomon Islanders to watch out for donors who pressed for changes in the existing laws.

Mr Hewagame said consultants and advisers must be answerable to the public service and not to an outside force.

He said Solomon Islands had a well developed system of law dating back to the Pacific Order in Council of 1893.