4 Jun 2007

Further court circuits of Solomon Islands provinces expected to take place

3:06 pm on 4 June 2007

There are expected to be further court circuits of the provinces undertaken in Solomon Islands once additional magistrates are added to the judiciary.

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Justice, James Remobatu, says the creation of 16 new positions in the judiciary, including one chief magistrate and three principal magistrates, should enhance the court system.

The government's announcement of extra staff comes with a substantial increase in funding, and an agreement that the judiciary should be financially independent.

Mr Remobatu says this should ensure that justice reaches those in the provinces.

"In line with the government's policy, or desire, to have court services reach out to many parts of the country, I think if we have the magistrates' positions filled up, we would be able to have more magistrates touring in the provinces or even posting out to the provinces. So, that will have an impact if we have the capable, right people on board."

Mr Remobatu says the positions have been advertised and people will begin working immediately once selected.