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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, March 21) - A defense lawyer appeared bareheaded in a Solomon Islands court yesterday, after she confessed that the nation’s authorities had run out of legal wigs.

Natasha Stewart apologized to the red robed, bewigged High Court judge, Justice Brown, saying more had been ordered.

But Stewart was not alone.

Another lawyer appearing in the case, Amelia Fa’asau, was also wigless.

However the judge allowed the case to proceed.

Solomon Islands legal system has been struggling to cope with the work presented in the aftermath of the nation’s five-year civil war, locally known as the ethnic tensions.

That ended with the arrival of the Australian led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI, in July 2003.

Since then, more than 6,000 people have been arrested on charges of violence, corruption and a wide range of other offences.

The backlog will take years to clear.

March 22, 2006

Solomon Star: http://www.solomonstarnews.com/

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