Commissioners for oaths, JPs sworn in

Former Ministry of Information Head of Photography Pita Toga makes his way to be sworn-in as a Justice of Peace at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

NEWLY appointed justices of the peace (JPs) and commissioners for oaths have been reminded to remain impartial in delivering their services.

Chief Justice Anthony Gates highlighted this during the swearing in ceremony of 143 JPs and 12 commissioners for oaths in Suva yesterday.

“We have elections coming up,” Justice Gates said.

“We have had some involved in political parties as commissioners or JPs, even some MPs. For my part, I would rather keep the two functions separate.”

Justice Gates said training was imperative for the newly appointed commissioners and JPs.

“Training will ensure you know thoroughly the dos and don’ts of your functions. “As a result of training we have received far fewer complaints.”

Newly appointed JP Anish Chand said he was inspired by his family to become a justice of the peace.

“This is a milestone achievement and I would like to thank my wife, my friends and family for their support,” Mr Chand said.

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