It is with great sadness that I have learnt of the passing away of our previous Chief Justice of Fiji Sir Timoci Tuivaqa on December 30, 2015.
He was 84 years old.
I had known this great man since I commenced legal practice in Fiji in 1965.
I came to know him very well since he was a prosecutor.
His ethical practice in Courts were exemplary. He was extremely fair in his prosecution of offenders and never kept away any evidence that was even against the prosecution case as he was a firm believer in fair play and justice for all.
As a High Court Judge and in particular as the Chief Justice of Fiji he displayed absolute integrity.
He even accepted and considered any complaint brought to his attention even against the members of the Judiciary.
We were very proud that we had a local Chief Justice of his qualities.
As the President of the Fiji Law Society for five years in the early 1980s, I had the privilege to have regular meetings with him and he was very receptive and fair and gave good objective hearings as to matters so discussed.
Needless to say that he will be always remembered for his exemplary qualities.
My wife and family wish to pay our sincere griefs and sympathies with Sir Timoci’s widow Lady Raijeli and their five children for the loss of the wonderful husband, father and man.
May the Almighty grant his Soul to rest in peace.
Dr Muhammad Shamsud-Dean Sahu Khan is a Barrister practicing in Auckland.
Photo : Sir Timoci Tuivaqa