Judiciary

Opposition questions expat judges and magistrates

The Opposition is concerned about the high number of expatriate judges and magistrates. Hon. Aseri Radrodro said in Parliament today that with a large number of lawyers in Fiji, locals should be considered for magistrates and judges positions. Attorney General Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said that magistrates and judges were chosen on qualification and merit. Fiji […]

Staff Writers

February 10, 2016 4:30 pm

The Opposition is concerned about the high number of expatriate judges and magistrates.

Hon. Aseri Radrodro said in Parliament today that with a large number of lawyers in Fiji, locals should be considered for magistrates and judges positions.

Attorney General Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said that magistrates and judges were chosen on qualification and merit.

Fiji has a lot of lawyers. ┬áBut the question is, whether or not they’re qualified.

The integrity of the lawyer and qualification of the lawyer comes into consideration not whether they’re expatriates or local lawyers.

Opposition MP Hon. Salote Radrodro said human resources experts report that overseas recruitment is an expensive exercise in regards to tax-payers money.

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