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PacLII

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PacLII stands for the Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute. It is an initiative of the University of the South Pacific School of Law with assistance from AustLII. PacLII is a signatory to the Montreal Declaration on Public Access to Law and participates in the Free Access to Law movement, (FALM) a grouping of a number of world wide organizations committed to publishing and providing access to the law for free. PacLII is based at the Emalus Campus of the USP in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

 

USP School of Law is based in Port Vila and has students located across 12 countries of the Pacific who do not have easy access to the legal materials from across the region which they need to undertake their studies. PacLII was started by the School of Law as a means to overcoming the tyrannies of distance. It has grown to become a service to governments, legal professionals, NGOs, students, academics and members of the public and has been widely recognized as an example of excellence in promoting access to legal information.

 

PacLII collects and publishes legal materials from 20 Pacific Islands Countries on its website www.paclii.org which is hosted by AustLII. These countries are American Samoa, Cook Islands, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

 

The materials consist mainly of primary materials such as court decisions and legislation but also include decisions of various tribunals, panels, Ombudsmens reports or secondary information such as court rules or bench books. PacLII is now seeking to expand its collections to include law related materials such as subject specific papers and reports. PacLII is also developing a series of subject specific libraries utilising predetermined search technology. An Intellectual Property and a Maritime Law Library have been created and more are planned. A number of Pacific Islands Treaties are also available but direct access to the database has been suspended due to a current lack of capacity.

 

Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute Resources

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Legislation
July 2017
Fiji

This Act establishes the Building Permits Evaluation Committee within the ministry responsible for industry and trade and provides with respect to procedures for the application for building permits and granting of building permits by the Commission. A “building permit” means a building permit referred to in the Public Health Act 1935 and its subsidiary laws.

Legislation
December 2016
Vanuatu

This Act amends various enactments including the Forestry Act. That Act is amended in section 72 by adding after paragraph 71(2)(d) a new provision “(da) the requirements for the importation of sawn timber and wood products".

Legislation
December 2016
Vanuatu

This Act amendments the Quarry Act in provisions concerning, among other things, a ban on quarry activities for environmental protection reasons, approval of development on land subject to a dispute between custom owners, suspension of a quarry permit and various environmental considerations regarding developments.

Amends: Quarry Act 2013 (No. 9 of 2013). (2013-10-14)

Legislation
December 2016
Papua New Guinea

This Act amends the Survey Act in provisions relating to fees for registration and other acts relating to surveying. The word "prescribed" in relation to fees is cancelled in sections 19, 19A, 19B, and 19C.

Legislation
December 2016
Papua New Guinea

This Act amends the Physical Planning Act 1989 by repealing Paragraph (e) of section 104. Section 104(e) grants powers to the Head of State to prescribe the fees to be charged for any matter or thing under this Act.

Legislation
December 2016
Papua New Guinea

This Act amends the Land Act in section 70 by deleting the word "prescribed". Section 70 deals with how an application for a state lease shall be made. It now reads: "An application for a State lease shall - (a) be made in the approved form, and (b) be accompanied by the fee for the registration of the application.

Legislation
December 2016
Papua New Guinea

This Act amends the Valuation Act in provisions respecting fees. Sections 20, 23 and 25 are amended so as to change "prescribed fees" in "fees". Fees are not anymore prescribed by authority.

Amends: Valuation Act 1967. (2006)

Legislation
June 2016
Papua New Guinea

This Act establishes the Manam Resettlement Authority, defines its duties and powers and provides with respect to its administration and operation. The Authority shall be a body corporate and shall identify and acquire land for the resettlement of displaced persons in Manam Island. and shall be instrumental in aid and resettlement of people affected by disaster in Manam.

Legislation
June 2016
Vanuatu

This Act amends the Land Leases Act by deleting “Companies Act [CAP 191]” (wherever occurring) and substituting “Companies Act No. 25 of 2012. It also makes amendments to section 4 on registration of leases held by companies in the Land Leases Register.

Amends: Land Leases Act (Cap. 163). (2006)

Regulations
March 2016
Cook Islands

These Regulations amend the Leases Restrictions Regulations 1977 by inserting new provisions in regulation 19 (added to the principal Regulations by the Leases Restrictions (Amendment) Regulations 2006) concerning grant of approval by the Tribunal to any lease or sublease or assignment of lease or assignment of sublease to.

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