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Emalus Campus Library Pacific Law Blog

compiled by Di Thompson, Law Librarian, Emalus Campus Library. 


***PLEASE NOTE: Blog temporarily suspended 19/3/08 due to departure of USP Law Librarian.

March 2008

From Various Media Sources / PacLII / Emalus Campus Library / Pacific Law Journal Index see also Pacific Law Blog archive

Blogs, Web Sites & Reports

USCompact.org web site : The Compact of Free Association between the Federated States of Micronesia and the United States provides for U.S. economic assistance (including eligibility for certain U.S. federal programs), defense of the FSM, and other benefits in exchange for U.S. defense and certain other operating rights in the FSM, denial of access to FSM territory by other nations, and other agreements......

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Bainimarama's lawyer complete submissions : LAWYERS for the army commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and other defendants named with him have completed their closing address. more... - Fiji Times, 19 March

High Court rejects request : A request by The Fiji Times to have copies of submissions of lawyers in the court case against military commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama was rejected by the High Court yesterday. more... - Fiji Times, 19 March

Court powerless on Ratu Iloilo, says QC - Fiji Times, 19 March

Shaista: Constitution allows for review of presidential decisions - Fiji Times, 19 March

Immigration law is under review - Solomon Star, 18 March

Mother jailed for attack on girl : A Samoan mother of five has been jailed for three years after slamming her daughter’s face into the floor, leaving her with facial fractures. In a case a paediatrician described as the worst she had seen in professional practice, Taase Suaesi-Faamau, 37, was jailed for three years by Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen Erber after admitting a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. - Samoa Observer, 18 March

Fiji Attorney Threatened By Military - Pacific Islands Report, 17 March

Moti’s Lawyers Want More Time - Pacific Magazine News, 17 March

Fiji NGO writes to Legal Commissioner in Melbourne over legal professionals working in Suva - RNZI News, 16 March

High court dismisses appeal : A FACTORY worker had his sentence appeal turned down yesterday because the court felt that the sentence was not wrong in principle. Appearing before Justice Nazhat Shameem, Jotame Nacili ... more - Fiji Daily Post, 15 March

NGO complaints against Justice Scutt: THE Public Centre for Public Integrity has written to the Office of the Legal Commissioner in Melbourne, Australia complaining against High Court judge Jocelyn Scutt. more... - Fiji Times, 14 March

Dinger defends human rights report: THE United States hopes Fiji Human Rights Commission chairperson Dr Shaista Shameem and others would take consideration on the Human Rights Report as a constructive comment. more... - Fiji Times, 14 March

Iloilo wrong, lawyer says - Fiji Times, 14 March

Man pays for hitting children: A 32-YEAR-old man was fined $150 yesterday for assaulting two children and was reminded that he was living in the new era. Josevata Liwanacagi of Naiborebore village in ... more - Fiji Daily Post, 14 March

Billion dollar lawsuit filed : LAWYERS of interim Finance Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, filed a one billion dollar lawsuit yesterday. Chaudhry is represented by GP Lala and Associates in this matter where he is ... more - Fiji Daily Post, 14 March

Qarase: No call made for help : OUSTED Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase yesterday told the High Court he did not invite military intervention from foreign island countries but inquired about the possibility of military assistance. more... - Fiji Times, 13 March

Sex crimes a big problem : SEXUAL crimes against women are still a big problem for Fiji, according to the US State Department's Human Rights Country report released yesterday. more... - Fiji Times, 13 March

Mind your own, Shameem tells US : THE Fiji Human Rights Commission says it will not bother replying to a recent United States report on human rights on Fiji because it was not consulted before the report was published. more... - Fiji Times, 13 March

Men cleared of conspiracy to murder - Solomon Star, 12 March

Chaudhry cleared of tax allegations : INTERIM Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry has been cleared of any taxation breaches and will resume office from Monday next week. more... - Fiji Times, 12 March

Qarase to take stand : THE lawyer representing ousted prime minister Laisenia Qarase will not challenge the executive privilege protecting the President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, military commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarma and the President's official secretary, Rupeni Nacewa, to be cross examined in court. more... - Fiji Times, 12 March

Mediation reduces backlog in Tongan court - Matangi Tonga, 11 March

Coroner ‘abused power’ - Post-Courier (PNG), 11 March

LAND BILL UNSAMOAN: SUNGO : The Land Registration Bill 2008 is unconstitutional, unethical and unSamoan. That is the view of SUNGO, which also fears the bill will disturb the peace in Samoa. In a release issued yesterday, by president Va’asiliifiti Moelagi Jackson, on behalf of SUNGO’s Bills Committee, the umbrella organisation for non-government organisations in Samoa, clearly states opposition to the bill. - Samoa Observer, 10 March

Asiata files 8 legal actions : Samoa Democratic United Party (SDUP) leader Asiata Saliemoa Va’ai has filed eight legal actions to challenge the constitutionality of key Government measures. “They were filed yesterday (Friday),” Asiata said. - Samoa Observer, 10 March

LEGAL OR NOT? : Defence wants Doctrine of Necessity and Executive Power issue dropped THE main legal argument that will be discussed during the trial of deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase is whether ... more - Fiji Daily Post, 7 March

Young father sentences for nine months in jail : A young father who was convicted of five charges, two of them relating to the riots of November 16, 2006 serves a nine months imprisonment sentence starting today. - Matangi Tonga, 7 March

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