3 Feb 2017

Vanuatu's top judge wants progress on court buildings

8:48 am on 3 February 2017

Vanuatu's Chief Justice Vincent Lunabek wants the Supreme Court building, destroyed in arson attack ten years ago, to finally be rebuilt.

He said plans for a new Hall of Justice for Vanuatu have been in front of the government for years.

Vanuatu Digest reports all the Government has done since the arson is to provide the inappropriate Dumbea Centre as a temporary court and to set up a committee that has achieved nothing.

Chief Justice Lunabek, speaking at the opening of the 2017 judicial year, said a new Hall of Justice was long overdue.

He also said other places, such as Luganville, are in serious need of improved court facilities, as are many of the island court houses damaged nearly two years ago by Cyclone Pam.