Juvenile trial vacated

TRIAL has been vacated yesterday on the case of the juvenile facing a defilement charge, giving him a chance to find another lawyer to represent him. This was after the juvenile turned up in court yesterday without a lawyer. His lawyer Stanley Aupai from the Public Solicitor’s Office has gone on leave. He has requested…

Hunikera trial resumes next month

CONTINUATION of trial in relation to the traffic case against former provincial police commander of Guadalcanal Daniel Hunikera will start next month. Last Friday prosecution called only one witness. Prosecution will call another witness and avail four other police officers for the defence to cross-examine before closing its case. So far five witnesses were already…

PEC awards hearing ends

THE hearing of the legal suit challenging the tax-free pay awarded to MPs in April this year has ended on Tuesday in the High Court. Closing submissions will be made today. The trial started on Monday before Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer. Parliamentary Wing Leader of the People’s First Party Derrick Manu’ari, who was one…

Militant meeting claim denied

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New hydro project proposed for Longu

A NEW hydro project has been proposed for Longu district in the East-Central Guadalcanal region. This was revealed by the Constituency Development Officer (CDO) Joseph Atkin in an interview on Tuesday. Mr Atkin said, the proposed hydro project is another development option for the constituency to allow the communities access reliable power energy in East…

FFA centre turns courtroom for IUU practice cases

PACIFIC prosecutors and Fisheries officials are putting Illegal fishers on trial this week. They’ve transformed the FFA Conference Centre venue into a moot-courtroom with role plays around scenarios involving illegal fishing boats accused of breaking their license rules in Pacific EEZs. FFA’s MCS Policy Advisor Peter Graham became courtroom bailiff and Legal Advisors Dr Filimon…