Laws of Fiji consolidated and published for the first time in 31 years

The complete 20 volume set of legislation was published by LexisNexis Australia after an 18-month project to consolidate the Laws of Fiji for the first time since 1985.

The revised edition of the Laws of Fiji was launched on 9 December 2016 at the 18th Attorney General's Conference in Natadola, Fiji by the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in front of more than 300 members of the legal community, including Judges, members of the private bar, academics and government lawyers and officials.

"The consolidation of the laws and their availability to all Fijians is a significant step in the promotion of the rule of law in Fiji," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said. "It will also facilitate the ease of doing business and provide clarity for commerce, trade and investment – both domestic and foreign – which in turn will further boost investor confidence and economic growth."

Speaking at the launch, Myfanwy Wallwork, Executive Sponsor of the Rule of Law and project lead at LexisNexis Australia, commented on the importance of making the law easier to access to help create sustainable improvement to communities in the Asia Pacific region.

"For the first time in 31 years, the complete set of consolidated laws are now available, resulting in a nation empowered by knowledge of the law," Ms Wallwork said. "This journey has inspired LexisNexis employees to think innovatively and reminded all of us yet again that our work matters, and that we contribute to society in a significant way. It has not only created goodwill throughout the region but it clearly also makes good business sense, as we see how vital the rule of law is to social and economic development."

As part of its regional and global commitment to the rule of law, LexisNexis has been contracted by the Fiji Judicial Department to publishe the 2002, 2003 and 2012 volumes of the authorised Fiji Law Reports. Volumes 2004–2007 are currently also being published by LexisNexis, with support from the Fiji Access to Justice Project which is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

For more information about LexisNexis and its commitment to advancing the rule of law, please visit lexisnexis.com.au/ruleoflaw.

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