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FIJI'S HIGHEST COURT NEITHER ACCEPTS NOR REJECTS ABROGATION OF CONSTITUTION
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SUVA: The highest court in Fiji has declined to be drawn into the debate of the validity of the abrogation of the
country's supreme law, the 1997 Constitution, Pacnews reports.
President of the Fiji Court of Appeal Sir Maurice Casey said in a statement released in Suva today that the court can
only refuse to accept the legality of such acts as the abrogation of the constitution after hearing arguments in an open
"The Fiji Court of Appeal is sitting to help maintain the rule of law in the country and any legal argument will be
accepted," Sir Maurice said.
"In doing so, the Court of Appeal should not be taken as accepting or endorsing the legality of official acts that have
occurred since the court last sat."
First to welcome Sir Maurice's clarification on the Fiji Court of Appeal's stand was the president of the Fiji Law
Society, Chen Young, saying the court was careful in wording its address on the 1997 Constitution.
"The judiciary made the right move and should always remain independent and not compromise in any form or way," Young
told national radio. "Appeal judges must be consistent with the character of independency," Young added.
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