Solomon Islands' newly appointed Attorney General says he aims to clear up a backlog of unresolved government cases during his one year tenure.
The 36-year-old John Muria Jr, a graduate of Australia's Bond University, is one of the youngest attorney generals to serve the Solomons and comes directly from a role as special secretary to the prime minister.
Prior to that he worked with the private law firm Pacific Lawyers and had a long stint with the attorney general's chambers which he now heads.
Mr Muria Jnr replaces former High Court Judge James Apaniai who has stepped down to contest in the national elections to be held early next year.
John Muria Jnr said he saw his appointment as an encouragement for young people in Solomon Islands to step up for leadership roles.
He said one of his first priorities willbe trying to clear up many of the government's outstanding legal cases some dating back five years.