Suva, Fiji – As Fiji emerges and recovers from the ravages of COVID-19 having reached close to 90 percent double vaccination of the adult population, there has also been a continuing demand for justice in Fiji’s Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and Magistrate’s Court as people seek to resolve mounting legal issues.
To serve the expectations for people centered justice as part of the COVID-19 recovery and improve people’s experiences in their justice journeys, judges in Fiji continue their efforts to improve the provision of judicial services with more efficient and accountable procedures. This is being done through the annual learning programme conducted by the Judicial Department.
The three-day intense programme commenced today with 17 judges and three masters attending the expertise and knowledge exchange sessions across key areas of judicial practice. This first programme bringing together judges in Fiji after the second wave of COVID-19 is supported by the Fiji Access to Justice Project funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The Honourable Chief Justice Mr Kamal Kumar said that the Annual Judges Conference provided judges with a professional learning opportunity on selected key topics and issues, from which judges were expected to update and upgrade their expertise through engaging in knowledge exchange, case studies and discussions over the three-day sessions.
“Improved access to justice is crucial more than ever for people and Fiji society particularly in this current situation, where every individual is making efforts to recover from the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this sense, judges are at the forefront of the nationwide recovery efforts. It is our mission to ensure a judicial system that is accessible, efficient, effective and transparent,” said Hon. Justice Kumar.