Project to fa­cil­i­tate bet­ter Ac­cess to jus­tice: Gates

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Our en­deav­ours un­der this pro­gramme will be aimed to im­prove ef­fi­ciency

An­thony Gates

Chief Jus­tice

Apro­ject launched yes­ter­day will fa­cil­i­tate bet­ter ac­cess to jus­tice, says Chief Jus­tice An­thony Gates. The Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment and the Euro­pean Union had signed a fi­nan­cial agree­ment for the project worth $17.3 mil­lion at the EU-Fiji Ac­cess to Jus­tice Pro­gramme at Grand Pa­cific Ho­tel in Suva yes­ter­day. Mr Gates said the part­ner­ship aimed to fa­cil­i­tate bet­ter ac­cess to jus­tice for all cit­i­zens and to strengthen the jus­tice sys­tem over­all. “Our en­deav­ours un­der this pro­gramme will be aimed to im­prove ef­fi­ciency, ease of use, fair­ness, the cor­rect ap­pli­ca­tion of the law and by new or im­proved ven­tures, both tech­nolo­gies and sys­tems, to pro­vide the nec­es­sary modern aids for the task,” Mr Gates said.

“These in­puts will go to re­in­force the rule of law.” Euro­pean Union Am­bas­sador to Fiji and the Pa­cific, An­drew Ja­cobs said the pro­gramme was de­signed to en­hance the per­for­mance of the jus­tice sys­tem in Fiji and fa­cil­i­tate more ac­cess for un­der­priv­i­leged and vul­ner­a­ble groups.

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