LAWFUEL – Legal News Daily – Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer welcomed a New Zealand Judge to the Solomon Islands High Court.
Justice David Cameron arrived at a time when the Solomon Islands High Court crucially needed additional judges to preside over a backlog of high profile cases currently pending in the country’s courts.
Sir Albert was pleased with the addition of Justice Cameron saying his contribution will enhance the performance of the law and justice sector in the country.
“Justice Cameron brings with him a wealth of regional experience from New Zealand as a senior legal counsel and will be wonderful addition to the Bench at a time when his contribution will be most appreciated,” Sir Albert said.
Justice Cameron is the fourth expatriate judicial officer appointed by the Judicial and Legal Service Commission with the assistance of funds provided through the RAMSI Law and Justice Program.
He joins Justice Goldsbrough of the United Kingdom, Justice Naqiolevu from Fiji and Commissioner Lewis from Australia.
The judges’ role would focus primarily at the significant number of ethnic-tension related criminal trials now pending before the High Court.
Sir Albert said the appointment Justice Cameron comes at the most crucial time.
“At a time when backlogs in the nation’s courts are rightly of a real concern to both the Judiciary and the Government, the appointment of an additional donor-funded Judge of the caliber of Justice Cameron is both timely and welcomed,” Sir Albert said.
Justice Cameron will commence his first trial in the country on February 5 when the first stage of RAMSI-funded renovations and extensions to the High Court provide and additional court room and associates’ facilities.
Justice Cameron was educated at Scots College in Wellington, where he was dux of the college and has worked in various legal firms since 1974.
His positions before coming to Solomon Islands have included roles as a senior litigation partner and legal consultant and he has extensive criminal and civil trial experience.
Now married with three grown sons, Justice Cameron spent his formative years traveling the world with his family as his father was a mining engineer with Shell Oil. He has visited Solomon Islands in the past as a tourist.
Justice Cameron said he was prepared to take on his task to assist Solomon Island Law and Justice Sector.
“I’m hoping to make a worthwhile contribution during my time here at the Solomon Islands High Court,” he said today.