August 29, 2016 12:58 pm

Fijian Govt and EU signs agreement to enhance Fiji’s justice system

The Fijian Government and the European Union (EU) have signed a financing agreement for the ‘Fiji Access to Justice” programme worth $7.5 million Euros today. Present to sign the agreement at the Grand Pacific Hotel was theEuropean Union Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific H.E Andrew Jacobs and the Attorney General and Minister for Economy Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. […]

The Fijian Government and the European Union (EU) have signed a financing agreement for the ‘Fiji Access to Justice” programme worth $7.5 million Euros today.

Attorney General and Minister for Economy Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and the European Union Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E Andrew Jacobs during the signing earlier today. (Fijian Government)
Attorney General and Minister for Economy Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and the European Union Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E Andrew Jacobs during the signing earlier today. (Fijian Government)

Present to sign the agreement at the Grand Pacific Hotel was theEuropean Union Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific H.E Andrew Jacobs and the Attorney General and Minister for Economy Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Ambassador Jacobs said that access to justice is a fundamental principle of the rule of law.

JACOBS: “A clear understanding of the role of specific public offices, such as judiciary, the legal aid commission and other transparency and accountability institutions are paramount in ensuring that law and justice prevail and citizens fully exercise their rights and responsibility.”

He said the program is designed to enhance the performance of the justice system in Fiji and facilitate more access for underprivileged and vulnerable groups.

JACOBS: “The Legal Aid Commissions. the judiciary and other relevant institutions will benefit from substantial capacity building through training, technical assistances and provision of basic equipments and Non-Governmental Organistaions will also be supported to assist the Legal Aid Commissions to reach out to Fijan Citizens and provide them with the services they need.”

The programme is funded by the European Union under the 11th European Development Fund which will be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme.

The AG said the launch of the programme was a significant boost to the Government’s continuing effort to provide adequate access to justice for as many as Fijians as possible.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “Whether it is access to legal aid or a range of other services, Fijians now enjoy more access to justice than at any other time in our history. The European Union shares our visions of providing more Fijians with access to justice and we warmly thank them  for their partnership with us.”

Chief Justice Anthony Gates said the programme will reinforce the rule of law.

GATES: “Our endeavours under this programme will be aimed to increase efficiency, ease of use, fairness, the correct application of law and by new or improved ventures, both technologies and systems to provide the necessary modern aids for the task.”

Editor's Note:

This story has been updated.