A workshop which dealt with reinforcing the guideline of law in Fiji concluded on Friday at the Coral Coast in Sigatoka.
It intends to enhance the general performance and efficiency of the justice sector by improving the capability of Fiji’s judges and magistrates.
The workshop was supported by Fiji Access to Justice Project, moneyed by the European Union (EU) and executed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji.
39 judges and magistrates (10 females and 29 males) went to the yearly workshop.
Chief Justice Anthony Gates opened the Workshop keeping in mind the significance of constant enhancement of abilities and understanding which is necessary for all reforms and enhancements which there was a thorough program in place for the next 3 days. For more details please visit our new site elitelawyermanagement.com.
The Chief Justice raised an important part of access to justice worrying to the Judges and Magistrates, “Remembering the rights of victims, females, kids, the handicapped, the inarticulate, leads us on to understand that we need to lean forward to hear the accounts of those who find it challenging to be heard”.
European Union (EU) Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific Andrew Jacobs stated since the launch of the Access to Justice Programme, back in August 2016, the European Union had offered considerable assistance to the Judicial Department, the Legal Aid Commission and the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission.
” The Criminal Law Workshop represents another turning point and the EU is happy to be in a position to support such an essential effort … (which) enables essential conversations on existing practices, abilities, and understanding … eventually adding to a higher efficiency of the criminal justice system, more notably, this will strengthen people’ self-confidence in the fairness of procedures in addition to awareness and security of their rights preserved in the Fijian Constitution,” stated Ambassador Jacobs.
Bakhodir Burkhanov, Country Director and Head of Regional Policy and Programmes for the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji, likewise speaking at the opening of the workshop stated: “An independent, objective and effective judiciary is a foundation of the guideline of law in a democratic state.
” It serves to secure human rights and assists protect social development and human advancement. Workshops such as this go a long way not just in reinforcing the capacity of the judiciary, but benefiting all residents who require reasonable and reliable access to justice”.
” For us at UNDP, this collaboration with the Judicial Department and the European Union has been really fulfilling by putting people at the center of advancement,” he included.
Nazhat Shameem stated: “The guideline of law and promoting human rights are elaborately connected and are underlying styles of this workshop.
The Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations and Other Organizations in Geneva, and Ambassador to Switzerland included: “Importantly this workshop supports continuous efforts, such as proof from video tape-recorded interviews, being carried out following Fiji’s ratification of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on 16 March 2016.”.