High Court to rule on interim order in Vatuvonu SDA College matter

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THE High Court in Suva will make a ruling on its interim order issued in the case between Vatuvonu Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) College and plaintiff, the Attorney-General, next month.

The case was called for mention before judge Justice Brito-Mutunayagam yesterday.

Last month, the school and its registered trustees of the SDA were restrained from interfering with the Education Ministry’s right to appoint a suitable head of school or teachers or staff members and any acting positions relating to the open merit recruitment and selection process.

This is after an order was issued by acting chief justice Kamal Kumar, which restrained the college and its trustees from effecting any closure of the college or without the sanction of the permanent secretary for Education Ministry after they declared their intention to close Vatuvonu SDA College.

Justice Kumar also ordered both the defendants from restricting or preventing the right of access or entry to the school.

The trustees of SDA had been ordered to hand over the interim management and control of the school to the ministry.

The High Court also ordered that this included the responsibility for public funds given by the Education Ministry and the maintenance of the students and the SDA, respectively, until further order by the court.

Representing SDA, William Clark sought four weeks from the court to file responses.

Mr Clark said they were reviewing the information in the case and they were okay with the interim order to continue.

Justice Mutunayagam questioned Mr Clark as to why they were seeking four weeks.

Mr Clark responded they were seeking an independent opinion from Australia.

Justice Mutunayagam gave SDA three weeks to file their responses through an affidavit.

The case has been adjourned to June 24.

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