3 Oct 2014

Fiji law body to test waters on decrees

6:49 am on 3 October 2014

The Fiji Law Society is up and running again and among its plans for the future are taking concerns about certain decrees to the government.

The Society was weakened in 2009 when the regime took away its role issuing law practising certificates and dealing with disciplinary matters meaning a vital loss of funds.

The society's new President Peter Knight says it will try to boost membership, improve relations with the government and get it to look at some important decrees.

"There were a number of pieces of legislation that were passed during the interim period which were of some concern to the legal profession which denied the right to challenge in the court the decisions that were made by the executive. We'll speak to the Attorney General about that, if we're able to meet with him, test the waters so to speak."

Mr Knight says it is unlikely the Law Society will be given back its role as the issuer of practising certificates at this point in time.