10 Dec 2008

Fiji's court grants a stay order in case brought by former GCC members

11:46 am on 10 December 2008

Fiji's High Court has stayed proceedings in the legal action case brought by former members of the Great Council of Chiefs against the interim administration.

The paper, the Fiji Times says Justice Thomas Hickie granted the state a stay order yesterday morning.

The court heard there was a separate appeal case before a higher court that had similar issues on debate.

Justice Hickie ruled the Fiji Court of Appeal was determining a similar fundamental issue like the case before him.

He said such a fundamental issue, particularly if decided in favour of the appellants before the Court of Appeal, necessitates that the current proceedings in the High Court be stayed until the determination of that issue.

Lawyer Adish Narayan, for the Attorney-General Office says two matters involving the former members of the GCC were heard.

Mr Narayan says both actions challenge the termination of the former members of the GCC and the Fijian Affairs Regulations 2008 made by the interim Minister Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.