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South Pacific Lawyers' Association emphasises vital role of PacLII

15 February 2024

On 15 February 2024, SPLA wrote to Australia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for International Development and the Pacific to express the Association’s support for the continued operation of the Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute (PacLII).


SPLA’s member organisations are unanimous in their support for the continuation of PacLII, which facilitates the administration of and access to justice, underpins the delivery of legal services, supports the development of Pacific jurisprudence, and promotes transparency, accountability and good governance.


The Chair of SPLA, Dr Gordon Hughes AM, wrote to the Ministers to convey letters of support for PacLII from the American Samoa Bar Association, Law Council of Australia, Cook Islands Law Society, Fiji Law Society, Kiribati Law Society, New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa (in partnership with the Pacific Lawyers Association of New Zealand), Papua New Guinea Law Society, Samoa Law Society, Tonga Law Society, Interim Tuvalu Law Society and Vanuatu Law Society.

The letter also conveyed correspondence from the Solicitor General of Niue and the South Pacific Lawyers’ Association representative for Timor-Leste.


Read SPLA’s letter here.

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