The High Court of Solomon Islands. Photo credit: SIBC.

The High Court of Solomon Islands. Photo credit: SIBC.

The litigation surrounding logging matters in the country has stretched the High Court’s resources and judges to the limit.

High Court Registrar Myonnie Samani made this statement responding to an article criticising the delays in the High Court in relation to logging matters costing the Government millions of dollars.

Ms. Samani says in the last few years, the number of cases involving persons arguing over timber rights has grown beyond reason causing an unfortunate backlog with the commensurate effect on the delivery of judgments.

She says the court, which represents the third pillar of a democratic State, needs to be recognised as the judicial institution responsible under the Constitution and must have the resources and manpower sufficient to carry out its functions.

Meanwhile, the High Court Registrar says the Chief Justice is completely satisfied with the integrity of his court and refutes any suggestion of corruption impliedly made in the media report.

She says he is rightly concerned by the delays and trusts the recent appointments of three new Judges to the bench will result in a speedy and fair court process to allay any further public concerns.

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