Kiribati’s Constitution of 1979 with Amendments through 2013

Judicial Independence

Article 10. Provisions to secure protection of law. 1.If any person is charged with a criminal offence, then, unless the charge is withdrawn, the case shall be afforded a fair hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial court established by law.

Judicial Council and Parallel Institution

Article 123. Appeals to Judicial Committee. 1.An appeal shall lie as of right to the Judicial Committee from any decision of the High Court involving the interpretation of this Constitution in any proceedings in which application has been made to the High Court alleging that any provision of this Constitution has been contravened and the rights or interests of any Banaban or of the Rabi Council under this Chapter or Chapter III are being or are likely to be affected by such contravention.2.Any decision by the Judicial Committee in any appeal under this section shall been forced in like manner as if it were a decision of the High Court.3.The Judicial Committee shall, in relation to any appeal to it under this section in any case, have all the jurisdiction and powers possessed in relation to that case by the High Court. Article 132. the Judicial Committee” means the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council established by the Judicial Committee Act 1833.

Attorney General’s Office

Article 42. 1.There shall be an Attorney-General for Kiribati who shall be the principal legal adviser to the Government.2.The Attorney-General shall be appointed, and may be removed from office, by the Beretitenti. 3.No person shall be qualified to hold or to act in the office of Attorney-General unless he is qualified to practise in Kiribati as an advocate in the High Court.

General Assembly - October 16, 2019

Report on the UN Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary

Human Rights Council - June 24, 2019

Report on freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly of judges and prosecutors

General Assembly - October 25, 2018

Report on Bar Associations

Human Rights Council - June 22, 2018

Report on Judicial Councils

General Assembly -October 17, 2017

Report on Judicial Corruption and Organized Crime

Human Rights Council - June 12, 2017

Report on Judicial Corruption and Organized Crime