29 May 2007

Fiji lawyer Vuataki takes issue with Law Society comment about judiciary

4:05 pm on 29 May 2007

Fiji lawyer who was detained by the military, Kitione Vuataki, has dissociated himself with comments by the vice president of the Fiji Law Society, Tupou Draunidalo.

Ms Draunidalo had told overseas radio that the majority of lawyers in the judiciary did not have faith in the judiciary.

But Mr Vuataki has told Radio Legend that most lawyers in Fiji have faith in the judiciary and oppose Ms Draunidalo's comments.

Mr Vuataki says Fiji's judiciary is functioning well with judges and magistrates carrying out their duties diligently after the events of December 5th.

He says people should trust the judicial system and if they disagree with a High Court decision, they can take it to the Appeal Court and the Supreme Court where high ranking judges from Australia and New Zealand often sit.

Earlier, Mr Vuataki and three other senior lawyers had written to the Fiji Law Society saying such comments are unacceptable and contentious and demanding an urgent meeting of the society to discuss the issue.