INTERVIEW WITH A SUPREME COURT JUDGE

INTERVIEW WITH JUSTICE CHETWYND

Justice Richard David Chetwynd from England was appointed to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Vanuatu and sworn in at the State Office on February, 2015.

STARTING A CLAIM

Every proceeding in the Supreme Court is started by filing with the office of the Supreme Court what is called a Claim.

MEDIATOR’S DO IT OUT OF COURT

What is mediation?

Mediation in Vanuatu is an option available to parties with a case before the court to try to solve their disagreements without a Judge. It is an option which the Judge may put to parties and which they are free to accept or not. For any mediation to proceed, all parties must indicate their consent.

UNDERSTANDIING COSTS IN CIVIL PROCEEDINGS

During the time you have a matter before the court you will find that at some point you will be made to either pay costs or have costs paid to you.

UNDERSTANDING LEGAL FEES AND PAYMENT TO LAWYERS

Every lawyer is entitled to be paid for work done for their clients but very often clients have no idea how lawyers bill or understand the bills once they have been received.

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN HIRING A LAWYER

At some point in most people’s lives they will either find themselves before the court having been sued by someone or having sued someone or may know someone who is a party in a case.