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Chief Justice attends judicial initiative

Monday April 23, 2018 Written by Published in Local

Cook Islands Chief Justice Sir Hugh Williams QC attended the third Chief Justices’ Leadership Forum held in Auckland last week.


The Pacific Judicial Strengthening Initiative is being funded by the New Zealand aid programme until 2021. Thirteen Chief Justices or their representatives from around the Pacific attended the forum. The Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tokelau, and Vanuatu all stand to benefit from the initiative.

The goal of the Pacific Judicial Strengthening Initiative is to build fairer societies by supporting the courts in the Pacific region to develop more accessible, just, efficient and responsive justice services.


1 comment

  • Comment Link Warren Saturday, 09 June 2018 14:55 posted by Warren

    Why is there a "Chief Justices’ Leadership Forum"? The Cook Islands is a sovereign nation state, as are the other participating states. And why the emphasis on "Leadership"? The Law is Law, and it's advocates being the Chief Justices' have the duty to exercise the Rule of Law within our jurisdiction. That is their job and their role. Is this yet another example of the neo-colonial New Zealand government, posturing, manipulating and controlling an important part of our internal structures which define our sovereignty. And the question also has to be asked, why do "judges" have to be flown in frequently from New Zealand to sit on Cook Islands cases. Using judges from foreign jurisdictions within sovereign nation states is against the Law.

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