11 Oct 2005

Solomon Islands look to train more local magistrates and build the skills of other court workers

8:41 pm on 11 October 2005

The Solomon Islands Government is looking for young Solomon Islanders to train as magistrates and for other key roles in the law and justice sector.

It has advertised 26 vacancies locally, including for four magistrates in Eastern, Western, Central and Malaita.

The permanent secretary in the Department of Justice and Legal Affairs, James Remobatu, says bringing in more local staff is an important step in consolidating law and order in the country.

Mr Remobatu says since the arrival of the Regional Assistance Mission, or RAMSI, there have been expatriate lawyers developing capacity in the department and the aim is to have these staff mentor the newcomers.

"We hope to have them work with these officers and have the transfer of skills from these expatriate officers to our local officers and after a time we hope they will gain the necessary skills to enable them to carry out their duties."