Parties For Independent Judiciary
Registered political parties believe in an independent judicial system.
The Social Democratic Liberal Party, Fiji Labour Party, National Federation Party, One Fiji Party and the Fiji United Freedom Party have all expressed and highlighted this in their party manifestos.
Here are what the parties have to say about an independent judiciary.
Party Leader Filimoni Vosarogo while launching their manifesto last Friday in Suva said the party understood that the importance of the independence of the judiciary from any form of interference.
SODELPA said they would ensure the independence of the judiciary and widen the sources of overseas recruitments to the judiciary.
A Labour government would set up an independent judicial Commission of Inquiry appointed by the President to investigate allegations of interference and manipulation of the judiciary.
A Labour government, they highlighted, would enhance the independence of the Courts, Justices of appellate courts, other than the Chief Justice and the President of the Fiji Court of Appeal would be recruited from other compatible jurisdictions.
The party has also highlighted in their manifesto that they believed the Legal Services Commission was to be independent and autonomous institution, free from any external influence. And to preserve the independence of the courts, they said the Commission chair must not be a judge of the High Court.
They would also create special courts for traffic offences and petty crime to free up the court system.
The National Federation Party in their manifesto said they would ensure adequate support to the judiciary which they said was so fundamental to upholding the Rule of Law and instilling confidence to the general public in the judiciary.
The Fiji United Freedom Party leader Nayagodamu Korovou said the party believed in an independent judiciary.
This, he said was the only way that could enable foreigners to invest in Fiji.
“When there is an independent judiciary, it will create confidence for investors to come in because if the judiciary is not independent then the investors will be reluctant,” Mr Korovou said.
The party in their manifesto highlighted that it would be implementing a judiciary in each of the 14 provinces in Fiji to make it easier and accessible for the locals to access their services.
FijiFirst leader and Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama while addressing the 2014 budget said the legal services was critical in making sure that we are truly equal under the law.
Mr Bainimarama said justice could only be done when everyone was equal before the law with equal access to the law.
“Unequal justice leads to disillusionment, and people who feel they are shut out of the justice system will lose faith in government,” Mr Bainimarama said.
The Fiji Sun publishes regularly on the policies of the political parties contesting the elections. It is the only newspaper to do so. Here are links to comparative policies on two other issues: the internet and health.
PARTY POLICIES ON THE USE OF INTERNET.
PARTY'S HEALTH POLICIES