THE Independent Legal Services Commission established by the Legal Practitioners Decree 2009 continues in existence.
This provision under the 2013 Constitution states the commissioner shall be independent and shall not be subject to the direction or control of any person or authority, except by a court of law or as otherwise prescribed by written law.
Under the supreme law, the commission shall consist of a commissioner, who is, or is qualified to be appointed as a judge.
It states that the commissioner shall be appointed by the President, on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission following consultation by the Judicial Service Commission with the Attorney-General and he or she shall be appointed for a term of three years and shall be eligible for re-appointment.
The document also states that the President may, on the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission following consultation with the Attorney-General, appoint a person to act as the commissioner during any period or during all periods, when the office of the commissioner is vacant or when the commissioner is absent from duty or from Fiji or is, for any reason, unable to perform the functions of office.
Under the law, the commissioner may be removed from office for inability to perform the functions of his or her office (whether arising from infirmity of body or mind or any other cause) or for misbehaviour, and may not otherwise be removed.