The 2015 Legal Year was officially opened on Monday.
The ceremonial event started with the inspection of the guard of honour by the Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer in front of the High Court followed by speeches in the court room.
Attending the event were legal practitioners, Attorney General Chamber’s Representatives, Police representative, members of the diplomatic missions, constitutional officer holders, magistrates, judges, permanent secretaries, other members of the legal fraternity and court officials.
Addresses were delivered by the representative of the Attorney General’s Chamber, Banuve Savenaca, the President of the Solomon Islands Bar Association (SIBA) Katalaina Ziru and the Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer.
“As an annual event which marks the beginning of a new legal year, it is an important occasion for all of us.
“It gives us the opportunity to reflect on the achievements and progress of the past year and to look forward to the year ahead of us.
“It is also an occasion to renew our commitment to our noble tasks in the delivery of justice and the pursuit of the Rule of Law,” Sir Albert said.
The chief justice also took the opportunity to congratulate the new SIBA president Katalaina Ziru and her executive on her election.
“I look forward to working closely with you in addressing the issues that both you and the Attorney- General have highlighted in their speeches and other issues they have raised and will raise and making further improvements this year.
He thanked former SIBA president Donald Marahare and the Legal Profession for their support in the past year 2014.
Sir Albert also thanked the judges in the High Court and Court of Appeal, for their support and commitment to the work of the court in a very trying and difficult circumstances, all Magistrates, members of the Local Courts and Customary Land Courts, lawyers, members of the Diplomatic Missions and all stakeholders who have helped us in one way or another in the last year.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN