Tue. Nov 19th, 2019

Chief Justices come together for the fourth Leadership Forum

Back row (left to right): Chief Justice Craig Coxhead, Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika, Lord Chief Justice Owen Paulsen, Justice Daniel Goundar, Chief Justice Vincent Lunabek. Front row (left to right): Chief Justice Sir John Muria, Chief Justice Carl Ingram, Justice Mataomaile Tuatagaloa, Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer, Chief Justice Arthur Ngiraklsong, Chief Justice Dennis Yamase, Chief Justice Filimone Jitoko.

Chief Justice Arthur Ngiraklsong and the Pacific Judicial Strengthening Initiative (PJSI) together hosted a high-level regional forum of Chief Justices in Koror on 1st to 3rd of April. The Forum is held annually, and is attended by Chief Justices or their representatives from Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tokelau and Vanuatu.

The Forum provides an opportunity for the Chief Justices of the region to discuss a range of topics in order to promote improvements in justice and leadership, and to continue dialogue on judicial development across the Pacific. The PJSI has been extended by an additional two years, and the Forum will involve the design and planning of activities to be delivered under Phase II.

This Forum is one of many regional activities conducted by the PJSI which is funded by New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The goal of the PJSI is to build fairer societies by supporting courts in the Pacific region to develop more accessible, just, efficient and responsive justice services. (PR)