New Supreme Court Judge sworn in
An Acting Judge of the Supreme Court was sworn in on Monday at the State nakamal after he was appointed by President, Iolu Abbil, on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission.
Justice Raynor Asher of New Zealand took his oath on time before rushing off with Chief Justice, Vincent Lunabek’s team of Supreme Court Judges to preside over Court of Appeal Cases that started Monday this week.
According to Supreme Court Chief Registrar, John Obed, Justice Asher’s appointment is for a short period of two weeks for him to join the Supreme Court judges in the appeal cases which requires at least two Supreme Court Judges.
A relationship between Vanuatu’s judiciary and the New Zealand judiciary has allowed Vanuatu to request the assistance of justices such as Asher into Vanuatu.
Mr Obed said Vanuatu has become more like a cosmopolitan with a wide spectrum. He said taking in overseas judges does not mean that the local judges are not being regarded as incapable but to make the highest level of court to reflect the society.
“They are experienced and knowledgeable because they are from high courts in New Zealand and Australia,” said the Chief Court Registrar.
Justice Asher is from the High Court of New Zealand while another Justice from the Federal Court of Australia, John Mansfield also joins the supreme court judges in the appeal court.