Fiji Times - Thursday, April 29, 2010
THE daily affairs of each village in Fiji will be governed by a new set of laws to be introduced soon.
The new laws, which are being reviewed by the Ministry of Fijian Affairs, has the input of all village headmen from all 14 provinces of Fiji.
Rewa Provincial Council chairman Pita Tagicakiverata told the Rewa Provincial Council meeting yesterday that the Fijian Affairs Board was satisfied with the set of laws submitted by Vunisinu Village in Rewa.
He said this set of laws would be used as a guide for all villages.
However, Mr Tagicakiverata said, the new village laws would be within the ambit of the laws of Fiji.
"We wouldn't like to see that the new laws oppose the law of the land," he said.
"The village headmen had been reminded of this." It is anticipated that the new laws will help improve the standard of living in every village.
All village headmen will be given the responsibility to see that all villagers adhere to the new laws.
Similar types of laws were introduced in the colonial era whereby those who broke them had to stand trial in a Fijian court system.
Unlike the criminal court system, those who offend will serve his or her punishment within the community.
Source: Fiji Times