22 May 2008

New Zealand Law Society fears for rule of law in Fiji

9:44 am on 22 May 2008

The New Zealand Law Society has added its voice to criticsism of Fiji's interim government, saying the rule of law in Fiji is being eroded.

Last month, the country's Attorney General accused some judges of entering the politcal arena and pre-judging matters before the courts.

Then three weeks ago the publisher of the Fiji Times was deported despite a court ruling which should have prevented the move.

The president of the Law Society, John Marshall QC, says both cases are indications that the government in Fiji is failing to respect the judiciary and uphold the rule of law.

Mr Marshall says the constitutional role of the Attorney General is to protect judges from public attack, and not to criticise them.