3 Dec 2007

Pacific judges express concern at pressure on judiciary around the region

2:42 pm on 3 December 2007

The Pacific Judicial Council is concerned at the ongoing threats faced by the judiciary in the Asia/Pacific region.

The Council is a a grouping of judges from the US Pacific territories.

The Marianas Variety reports that at its annual meeting in Guam, the Council, passed a resolution expressing support for a strong and independent judicial system in the Asia Pacific region and throughout the world.

Guam's Chief Justice, Philip Carbullido, who is president of the Council, said the organisation wanted to reaffirm its support of the concept that judges should decide cases before them without any improper influences from any other source.