BY GEORGE MANFORD
FIVE days of Authorised Justice (AJ) training is being conducted in Auki at the Rarasu Motel conference room, which began yesterday.
Senior Human Rights Adviser from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Mrs Rose Martin said the training is to equip the AJs with knowledge based on their roles and responsibilities on the family protection act on domestic violence.
She said this is the first kind of this training to be conducted in Auki for the AJs.
Martin also said that the family protection act provides work to the local court justice that they could write the protection order in the communities.
“Normally the protection orders will be given out only by the magistrate.
“But it has been known that the protection orders is not seen and accessible by the people in the rural communities and the reasons why the magistrate provides the task for the local court justices is to have power and authority in the communities compared to accessibilities.
“The order from the magistrate to the AJs is to stop criminal acts to take place in our communities regarding domestic violence.
“The AJs will provide interim orders and if the matter is getting worst it will be reported and be brought forward before the magistrate to say the final decision and orders,” Martin revealed.
14 AJs are undergoing this training with the number expected to increase in the coming days as other justices from around the province join in later.
The training is facilitated by SPC and implemented by the Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) in partnership with the judiciary from the Ministry of Justice and legal affairs, Ministry of Women, Youths, children and Family Affairs.
The project was funded by the United Nation Trust Fund especially for domestic violence related programmes and Australia’s Department of the Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The training will be end on this Friday.