Dr Anna Dziedzic is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional and Convenor of the Constitution Transformation Network, both at Melbourne Law School. She researches in comparative constitutional law and judicial studies, with a particular focus on the constitutional systems of the Pacific region.
Judicial independence and access to justice is at risk as judges face deportation and suspension from office.
Critics claim Covid-19 is used as a cover, but proposed changes to raise the status of custom have a long history.
Women are rarely seen in Pacific Island judiciaries, but the tide is starting to turn.
Recent developments might allay some concerns about the the independence of the judiciary in the Pacific nation.