The book compares the main rules of procedure that govern the conduct of civil cases in countries of the South Pacific region and explains their practical application in the context of the courts in which they operate. The text focuses on the rules that apply and on the High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules of 1964, which apply in the superior courts of Kiribati, Tuvalu and Solomon Islands, and the rules that apply in the superior courts of the Fiji Islands, Samoa and Tonga. It also fully discusses the new rules of civil procedure that are currently being introduced in Vanatu. The text describes recent changes to regional civil procedure rules and suggests further reforms. Legislative and case law developments are also discussed. This book is designed for use by legal practitioners and anyone interested in civil procedure in the South Pacific region. It will also be of use to teachers and students of South Pacific cicil procedure, both at degree level and in professionsl legal training programmes.
Jennifer Corrin Care is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Queensland, Australia. She was formerly an Associate Professor in the School of Law at the University of the South Pacific. She practised for nine years in her own firm in the Solomon Islands. She is also admitted in Fiji Islands, England and Wales, and Queensland. Jennifer is the author of Contract Law in the South Pacific (2001) and co-author of Introduction to South Pacific Law (1999), both published by Cavendish Publishing, and Proving Customary Law in the Common Law Courts of the South Pacific (2002), published by the British Institute of international and Comparative Law.