Fiji Time: 5:09 PM on Monday 24 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Court orders trial to conclude within six months

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

THE Lautoka Magistrates Court has been ordered to conclude a burglary case within the next six months.

The case against Sainivalati Navoti and Iowane Naio has been ongoing for five years without any trial date set, prompting the two accused to file a submission in the Lautoka High Court for a permanent stay on proceedings.

They cited unreasonable delay on the prosecution's side.

They said they were prepared to go to trial on four different occasions but the State was not ready.

Submissions from the State revealed that trial dates were vacated because of the fact that one or more accused were not present on previous trial dates.

Justice Sudharshana De Silva said it was clear that although there was a delay of five years, the co-accused had contributed to the delay in most of the instances.

He said a stay in proceedings was an exceptional remedy and would only be considered if other remedies were not available to deal with the justice of the case.

He said the delay in this case was not unreasonable.

Justice De Silva said he did not find merit in the grounds on which the application for a permanent stay was founded.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65020.6312
JPY 51.786748.7867
GBP 0.39950.3915
EUR 0.44950.4375
NZD 0.68980.6568
AUD 0.64760.6226
USD 0.49350.4765



Exchange Rate updated on 21st October, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Hunt on for sex assault suspect
  2. Drop in roll
  3. Villagers fear for safety
  4. Fiji pearls make history
  5. Abuse on the streets
  6. Teenager finds body in a creek
  7. Village diving expedition turns tragic
  8. Villagers turn to sea cucumbers for income
  9. Year 13 exam starts
  10. Alleged robber charged

Top Stories this Week

  1. Former flight attendant invests in farming business Wednesday (19 Oct)
  2. Calls for USP vice chancellor to step down Tuesday (18 Oct)
  3. 'I heard Soko screaming in pain' Friday (21 Oct)
  4. A daughter's sacrifice Thursday (20 Oct)
  5. Dad's cry for justice Tuesday (18 Oct)
  6. 'I never knew Soko' Thursday (20 Oct)
  7. Hero's welcome Wednesday (19 Oct)
  8. 18 workers on the run Tuesday (18 Oct)
  9. Death probe Sunday (23 Oct)
  10. Fijians at heart Wednesday (19 Oct)