20 Apr 2009

Eight Fiji magistrates back as regime struggles to rebuild judiciary

2:42 pm on 20 April 2009

Eight magistrates and a chief magistrate have been sworn in by the President Ratu Josefa Iloilo in Fiji.

Their appointment follows the abrogation of the constitution and sacking of judges more than a week ago.

Ajmal Khan has been reinstated as chief magistrate, while most of the resident magistrates appointed today had also lost their jobs when the constitution was thrown out.

The reappointed magistrates include Salesi Temo, Anare Tuilevuka, and John Rabuku.

The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation is reporting that the eight magistrates will take to the bench immediately, but courthouses in Nadi, Sigatoka, Navua, Nasua, Rakiraki, Tavua and Ba will still be without magistrates.

No appointments have been made to the High Court, Court of Appeal, or Supreme Court yet.