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Friday, March 09, 2007

Former North Malaita Magistrate appointed to the judges' bench of Solomon Islands High Court

by George Herming

The office of the Attorney General today welcomed the appointment of a former local magistrate to the judges’ bench in the High Court of Solomon Islands.

Rex Foukona, 52, of North Malaita was formally welcomed at a ceremonial sitting of the High Court by Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer in the presence of members of the legal profession, government officials and members of the diplomatic missions.

A senior lawyer from the Attorney General’s Office, Francis Waleanisia said the government and its lawyers are pleased to welcome a faithful son of this country to the bench of the high court as judge.

“It is even more special as the one responding is another faithful son of this country,” he said.

Mr Waleanisia said Justice Foukona’s commitment and high level dedication shown in his previous positions are among the many qualities that the government and people of Solomon Islands know will continue to come from him in his new position.

He said the government is happy with Justice Foukona’s appointment, especially when it comes at a time when the role of the judiciary constantly comes under fire when common people demanded fair trials and rights against inhumane treatment.

“We are proud and confident that the wealth of experience Justice Foukona has acquired to date will be a useful yard stick as you plough your way through these testing times,” Mr Waleanisia said.

He also said the government hopes the successful appointment of Justice Foukona will be a shining example that will encourage young lawyers to join the public service.

“May your special occasion also be an immaculate example and calling in itself for our young lawyers to join the public service,” Mr Waleanisia said.

Source: GCU

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