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Friday, March 09, 2007

North Malaita lawyer sworn in as a first class Magistrate in Solomon Islands

A North Malaita lawyer, Mr Flickson Samani who has just graduated with a professional Diploma in Legal Practice (PDLP) from the University of the South Pacific late last year is now a first class magistrate after being appointed by the Solomon Islands Judicial and Legal Commission.

A photograph of Magistrate Samani after his swearing in

Magistrate Flickson Samani was sworn in by the Honourable Chief Justice Sir. Albert R Palmer on the 7th of March 2007.

“I welcome Mr Samani to the Judiciary in this important role as a Magistrate, for they are the foundation of our justice system. They are critical to bringing justice to the people at the ground level”, the Chief Justice said.

Flickson Samani comes from Afufu village in the To'abaita region in North Malaita. He is 35 years of age. He attended Loina Primary School from 1980 to 1983, Afufu Primary School from 1984 to 1987 and St. Josephs Tenaru National Secondary School from 1988 to 1992. He did his Form 7 Certificate at Fulton College, Suva Fiji in 1995.

Flickson Samani first joined the Public Service in 1997 and worked as civil clerk in the Central Magistrate’s Court. In 1998 he worked as Criminal clerk and in 1999 – 2001 he worked as Local Court Clerk.

In 2005 Mr. Samani obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) at the University of the South Pacific. In 2006 he completed his professional Diploma in Legal Practice (PDLP) again at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji.

Mr. Samani’s appointment adds to the capacity of the Central Magistrate’s Court to address the increasing work load in the jurisdiction of the 1st and 2nd Class Magistrate.

“At a time when we are working towards making justice more visible, tangible and accessible to all the people of Solomon Islands, Mr. Samani will make a real contribution to our efforts”, Sir Albert said.

Source: High Court of Solomon Islands

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