“The Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs (MJLA) in partnership with the Public Solicitor’s Office (PSO) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have commenced consultations with key justice actors in Auki, Malaita Province with a view to enhancing access to justice across the province.
“The consultations are supported by the Solomon Islands Access to Justice (A2J) project, funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and jointly implemented by UNDP and the PSO.
“Malaita is the most populated province in the Solomon Islands and its population has experienced challenges in accessing formal justice services. Greater legal awareness and access to justice services are needed in Malaita given the fact that most of the population heavily relies on traditional forms of justice. These traditional dispute resolution mechanisms are sometimes contrary to the accepted formal justice processes and can disproportionately impact women, especially in cases of domestic violence.”
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