SOLOMON Islands has a new Attorney General and he is Gilbert John Osmond Muria (Jnr).
The former Special Secretary to Prime Minister (SSPM) was officially sworn in on Friday morning at the Government House.
The swearing-in ceremony was witnessed by the Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, senior government officials and family members.
He replaces former Attorney General James Apaniai whose contract officially lapsed on October 31, 2018.
Muria Jnr was appointed by the Judicial and Legal Service Commission Minister in accordance with the advice from the Prime Minister pursuant to section 42(2) of the Constitution.
Muria Jnr said he is honoured and privileged to be appointed as the Attorney-General of Solomon Islands.
“I know it is a challenging role, but I will discharge my Constitutional duties to the best of my ability. I thank the Prime Minister and His Cabinet and Government Caucus for having the confidence in my ability to perform the role and functions of the Attorney-General.
“I also wish thank my family, friends, mentors and all those that have supported and guided me. It is my hope address long-neglected matters and, in particular bring closure to disputes that have remained unresolved,” he said.
The newly appointed Attorney General’s appointment comes into effect as of November 1, 2018.
Muria Jnr is the son of Sir John Baptist Muria the first indigenous to be Chief Justice of the Solomon Islands.
He is also a lawyer by profession.
Muria Jnr has also worked at the AG Chambers as a former Chief Crown Counsel before he was appointed SSPM in March 2017.