Dear Editor – The Solomon Islands Bar Association (SIBA) is a Voluntary Association of lawyers who pay subscription fee to the Association.
One of its roles is to endorse lawyers petition for Admission pursuant to the Legal Practitioner’s Act, and relevant rules.
The SIBA consider petitions after the Registrar of the High Court requests SIBA’s endorsement, and attaching the petition. The SIBA meets twice for every two months.
The Solomon Star news headline on Saturday 30th January 2016 is not correct and misleading, to the extent that SIBA failed to endorse Timothy Matthews QC timely for it’s court case of 27th January 2016.
SIBA received the Registrar of High Court’s request for endorsement of Counsel for Mr Saue’ha on 21st January 2015 for restrictive admission particularly for HCC 634 of 2015.
SIBA received the Registrar of High Court’s request for endorsement of Matthews QC on 25th January 2016 for full admission.
SIBA endorsed by letter to Registrar of the High Court, Saue’ha’s counsel on 25th January 2016.
SIBA endorsed Matthews QC on 26th January 2015 for restrictive admission.
SIBA has discharged it’s duty professionally and diligently in a timely fashion. The allegation as stated on the paper is misleading and not correct.
Solomon Islands Bar Association