JCS appoints commissioner

ATTORNEY-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the decision to appoint a commissioner for the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption falls on the Judicial Services Commission.

The question of whether a permanent commissioner would be appointed was raised by Nick Goiran, the chair of the Joint Standing Committee on the Crime and Corruption Committee from Western Australia.

“We had a similar experience in Australia and unfortunately, we were without a commissioner for a lengthy period of time. This has been remedied and now we have a full-time commissioner,” Mr Goiran said.

“The commissioner is now appointed by the Judicial Services Commission,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said in response.

“The Judicial Services Commission comprises the Chief Justice, president of the Court of Appeal, permanent secretary of Justice Ministry, a representative of the legal profession and an NGO.”

He said travel bans on Fiji had impacted the search for a qualified commissioner.

“That sort of background brought about certain limitations on that ability to attract a good pool of people.”