Judgments now online

Judges and magistrates at the launch of the Anonymized Family Law Judgments on Fiji Judiciary Websiite in Suva. Picture: Atu Rasea

THE launching of the Anonymised Family Law Judgments on the Fiji Judiciary website will assist legal practitioners in giving opinions to clients and the public about legal issues on family matters.

This was highlighted by the acting chief justice Kamal Kumar during the launch in Suva yesterday.

He said the main advantage of having the Anonymised Family Law Judgments being published online was that there was a need for consistency in judgments.

Justice Kumar said these judgments would allow the public, legal practitioners, judicial officers, magistrates and judges to have certainty when they looked at certain matters.

“These judgments will ensure that orders that were made were consistent,” he said.

He said the publication of the Anonymised Family Law judgments was long overdue because of policy reasons and the need to keep peoples’ personal lives and circumstances private and not to make it public.

The Fiji Judiciary took the initiative of anonymising the family law judgments with the assistance of UNICEF and the Australian Law and Development Partners.

A total of 150 family law judgments have also been published on the University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute (PacLII) website.

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