11 Aug 2009

Experience clinched Fatiaki's Vanuatu Supreme Court appointment

12:55 pm on 11 August 2009

A registrar for the Vanuatu Supreme Court says work experience is what helped Fiji's former Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki, gain a role as a Supreme Court Judge in Vanuatu.

Last week, Mr Fatiaki was sworn in as a Vanuatu Supreme Court Judge for two years.

He resigned as Fiji's Chief Justice in December last year, after he received a payout from the interim government following his suspension amid an investigation into his alleged role in the 2000 coup.

John Alilee, a registrar for the Supreme Court in Vanuatu, says Mr Fatiaki's knowledge of the country's law and his experience working for the Court of Appeal gained him favour with the Judicial Service Commission.

He says Mr Fatiaki has begun his judicial duties.

"He has picked up well. He's got a list and fitted into the whole system as smoothly as we could help him out, to make sure that he's getting on with the job."

John Alilee from the Supreme Court in Vanuatu.