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Constitution of Solomon Islands (1978, rev. 2009)

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3Constitution 1978


4THE CONSTITUTION OF SOLOMON ISLANDS

5STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS

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1978 NO. 783


7PACIFIC ISLANDS


8The Solomon Islands Independence Order 1978

9Made - 31st May 1978

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Laid before Parliament - 8th June 1978

11Coming into Operation - 7th July 1978

12At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 31st day of May 1978

13Present, The Queen's Most Excellent Majesty in Council

14Her Majesty, by virtue and in exercise of the powers in that behalf by the Foreign Jurisdiction Act 1890(a) or otherwise in Her Majesty vested, is pleased, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, to order, and it is hereby ordered, as follow:-

15Citation and commencement


161.-(1) This Order may be cited as the Solomon Islands Independence Order 1978.

17(2) This Order shall be published in the Gazette and shall come into operation on the appointed day:

18Provided that sections 4(2) and 6 of this Order shall come into operation forthwith.

19Interpretation

202.-(1) In this Order-"the appointed day" means 7th July 1978;

21"the Constitution" means the Constitution set out in the Schedule to this Order;
"the existing Constitution" means the Constitution set out in the Schedule to the British Solomon Islands Order 1974(b) as amended by the British Solomon Islands (Amendment) Order 1975(c), the British Solomon Islands (Name of Territory) Order 1975(d), the Solomon Islands Courts Order 1975(e), the Solomon Islands (Amendment) Order 1975(f), the Solomon Islands (Amendment) Order 1976(g), and the Solomon Islands (Amendment) Order 1977(h);

22(a) 1890 c. 37. (b) S.I. 1974/1262. (c) S.I. 1975/807. (d) S.I. 1975/808. (e) S.I. 1975/1511. (f) S.I. 1975/1832. (g) S.I. 1976/422. (h) S.I. 1977/590.

23"the existing laws" means any Acts of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, Orders of Her Majesty in Council, Ordinances, rules, regulations, orders or other instruments having effect as part of the law of Solomon Islands (whether or not they have been brought into operation) immediately before the appointed day but does not include any Order revoked by this Order;

24"the existing Legislative Assembly" means the Legislative Assembly established by the existing Constitution;
"the existing Orders" means the Orders revoked by section 3(1) of this Order.

25(2) The provisions of sections 133(2), 139, 144 and 145 of the Constitution shall apply for the purposes of interpreting sections 1 to 14 of this Order and otherwise in relation thereto as they apply for the purpose of interpreting and in relation to the Constitution.

26Revocations

273.-(1) The British Solomon Islands Order 1974, the British Solomon Islands (Amendment) Order 1975, the British Solomons Islands (Name of Territory) Order 1975, the Solomon Islands Courts Order 1975, the Solomon Islands (Appeals to Privy Council) Order 1975(a), the Solomon Islands (Amendment) Order 1975, the Solomon Islands (Amendment) Order 1976, and the Solomon Islands (Amendment) Order 1977 are revoked.

28(2) The Emergency Powers Order in Council 1939(b) and any Order in Council amending that Order shall cease to have effect as part of the law of Solomon Islands on the appointed day.

29(a) S.I. 1975/1510. (b) See S.I. 1952 I, p. 621.

30Establishment of Constitution
4.-(1) Subject to the provisions of this Order, the Constitution shall come into effect in Solomon Islands on the appointed day.

31(2) The Governor (as defined for the purposes of the existing Constitution) may at any time after this subsection comes into operation exercise any of the powers conferred upon the Governor-General by section 5 of this Order or by the Constitution to such extent as may in his opinion be necessary or expedient to enable the Constitution to function as from the appointed day.

32Existing laws

335.-(1) The revocation of the existing Orders shall be without prejudice to the continued operation of any existing laws made, or having effect as if they had been made, under any of those Orders; and the existing laws shall have effect on and after the appointed day as if they had been made in pursuance of the Constitution and shall be construed with such modifications, adaptations, qualifications and exceptions as may be necessary to bring them into conformity with the Solomon Islands Act 1978(c) and this Order.

34(c) 1978 c. 15

35(2) Where any matter that falls to be prescribed or otherwise provided for under the Constitution by Parliament or by any other authority or person is prescribed or provided for by or under an existing law (including any amendment to any such law made under

36this section) or is otherwise prescribed or provided for immediately before the appointed day by or under the existing Orders that prescription or provision shall, as from that day, have effect (with such modifications, adaptations, qualifications and exceptions as may be necessary to bring it into conformity with the Solomon Islands Act 1978 and this Order) as if it had been made under the Constitution by Parliament or, as the case may require, by the other authority or person.

37(3) The Governor-General may, by order published in the Gazette, at any time before 31st December 1978 make such amendments to any existing law (other than the Solomon Islands Act 1978 or this Order) as may appear to him to be necessary or expedient for bringing that law into conformity with the provisions of this Order or otherwise for giving effect or enabling effect to be given to those provisions.

38(4) An order made under this section may be amended or revoked by Parliament or, in relation to any existing law affected thereby, by any other authority having power to amend, repeal or revoke that existing law.

39(5) It is hereby declared, for the avoidance of doubt, that, save as otherwise provided either expressly or by necessary implication, nothing in this Order shall be construed as affecting the continued operation of any existing law.

40(6) The provisions of this section shall be without prejudice to any powers conferred by this Order or any other law upon any person or authority to make provision for any matter, including the amendment or repeal of any existing law.

41First Governor General

426. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 27(1) of the Constitution, the first Governor- General shall be appointed by Her Majesty in accordance with such address as may have been made to Her before the appointed day by the existing Legislative Assembly, and any such appointment shall take effect as from the appointed day.

43Ministers

447.-(1) Any person who immediately before the appointed day holds office as Chief Minister or any other Minister under the existing Constitution shall as from that day hold office as Prime Minister or other Minister, as the case may be, as if he had been elected or appointed thereto under section 33 of the Constitution.

45(2) Any person holding office as Prime Minister or other Minister by virtue of the preceding subsection who immediately before the appointed day was assigned responsibility for any business of the Government shall be deemed to have been assigned responsibility for such business under section 37 of the Constitution.

46(3) Any person who holds office as Prime Minister or other Minister by virtue of subsection (1) of this section shall be deemed to have complied with the requirements of section 39 of the Constitution.

47Leaders of Official Opposition and of Independent Members

488. The persons who immediately before the appointed day are the Leader of the Official Opposition and the Leader of the Independent Members (as defined for the purposes of the existing Constitution) shall as from that day hold office respectively as Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the Independent Members as if they had been appointed thereto under section 66 of the Constitution.

49Parliament

509.-(1) Until such time as it is otherwise provided under section 54 of the Constitution, Solomon Islands shall be divided into thirty-eight constituencies the respective boundaries of which shall be the same as those prescribed in the Electoral Provisions

51(Legislative Assembly) Regulations 1976 for the thirty-eight electoral districts established by those Regulations.

52(2) Notwithstanding anything in sections 47 and 54 of the Constitution, Parliament shall, until it is first dissolved, consist of thirty-eight members, and any person who immediately before the appointed day is an elected member of the existing Legislative Assembly shall on that day become a member of Parliament (whether or not he becomes a citizen of Solomon Islands on that day) and shall be deemed to have complied with the requirements of section 63 of the Constitution and shall hold his seat in Parliament in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

53(3) Any person who immediately before the appointed day holds the office of Speaker or Deputy Speaker of the existing Legislative Assembly shall on that day become the Speaker or, as the case may be, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament and shall hold office as such in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

54(4) The rules and orders of the existing Legislative Assembly as in force immediately before the appointed day shall, except as may be otherwise provided under section 62 of the Constitution, have effect after the appointed day as if they had been made under that section but shall be construed with such modifications, adaptations, qualifications and exceptions as may be necessary to bring them into conformity with this Order.

55(5) Notwithstanding anything in section 73(3) of the Constitution, Parliament shall, unless sooner dissolved, stand dissolved on 1st June 1980.

56Public officers

5710.-(1) Every person who immediately before the appointed day holds or is acting in a public office shall, as from that day, hold or act in that office or the corresponding public office established by the Constitution as if he had been appointed to do so in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and shall be deemed to have taken any oaths required upon such appointment by any existing law:

58Provided that any person who under the existing Constitution or any existing law would have been required to vacate office at the expiration of any period or on the attainment of any age shall vacate his office under the Constitution upon the expiration of that period or upon the attainment of that age.

59(2) The provisions of this section shall be without prejudice to any powers conferred by or under the Constitution upon any person or authority to make provision for the abolition of offices and for the removal from office of persons holding or acting in any office.

60(3) For the purpose of administering the oaths to be taken by the first Governor-General under section 29 of the Constitution, the Chief Justice (or such other judge of the High Court or the Court of Appeal as the Chief Justice may have designated under that section) shall be deemed to have taken the oaths required by section 141 of the Constitution.

61Transitional provisions relating to Commissions

6211.-(1) Any person who immediately before the appointed day holds or is acting in any office to which this subsection applies shall, as from that day, hold or act in the corresponding office established by the Constitution as if he had been appointed to do so in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution:

63Provided that any such person who under the provisions of the existing Constitution would have been required to vacate his office on the expiration of any period or at any other time specified in the instrument by which he was appointed shall vacate his office at the expiration of that period or at that time.

64(2) Subsection (1) of this section applies to the following offices of members of Commissions established by Chapter V of the existing Constitution-

65(a) any member of the Public Service Commission;

66(b) the member of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission appointed under section 68A(2)(d) of the existing Constitution; and
(c) the member of the Police Service Commission appointed under section 68C(2)(c) of the existing Constitution.

67(3) Any power that, immediately before the appointed day, is vested in a Commission established by Chapter V of the existing Constitution and that under that Constitution is then delegated to some other person or authority shall be deemed to have been delegated to that person or authority on the appointed day in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution; and any proceedings commenced or pending before any such Commission immediately before the appointed day may be carried on before the corresponding Commission established by Chapter XIII of the Constitution.

68Legal proceedings

6912.-(1) All proceedings commenced or pending immediately before the appointed day before the High Court or the Court of Appeal established by the existing Constitution may continue on and after that day before the High Court or the Court of Appeal, as the case may be, established by the Constitution.

70(2) Any decision given before the appointed day by the High Court or the Court of Appeal established by the existing Constitution shall for the purposes of its enforcement or, in the case of a decision given by the High Court, for the purpose of any appeal therefrom, have effect on and after that day as if it were a decision of the High Court or the Court of Appeal, as the case may be, established by the Constitution.

71(3) Sections 85 to 89 of the Constitution shall come into operation on such date as the Governor-General may by order prescribe, and any such order may make such transitional provision as to pending proceedings or otherwise as the Governor-General thinks fit.

72(4) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, until such time as the Court of Appeal is established under section 85 of the Constitution, appeals from the High Court shall lie to the Court of Appeal of Fiji or such other court as Parliament may prescribe.

73Provincial government
13. Until further provision is made by Parliament under section 114 of the Constitution-

74(a) provincial government in Solomon Islands shall be regulated by the provisions of the Local Government Ordinance(a) subject to such modifications, adaptations, qualifications and exceptions as may be necessary to bring them into conformity with the provisions of the Constitution; and

75(a) Cap. 14. (b) each Local Council shall be redesignated Provincial Assembly, and each Area

76Committee shall be redesignated Area Council.

77Alteration of this Order

7814.-(1) Parliament may alter any of the provisions of this Order in the same manner as it may alter any of the provisions of the Constitution not specified in section 61(2) of the Constitution:

79Provided that subsections (1), (2), (3) and (5) of section 9, section 10, subsections (1) and (2) of section 11 and this section may be altered by Parliament only in the same manner as the provisions so specified.

80(2) Section 61(5) of the Constitution shall apply for the purpose of construing references in this section to any provision of this Order and to the alteration of any such provision as it applies for the purpose of construing references in section 61 of the Constitution to any provision of the Constitution and to the alteration of any such provision.

81LN 43 of 1978 14 of 1982
1 of 1983
1 of 1989

8210 of 1992

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84[Sections 1 to 84 & 90 to 145 - 7th July 1978. Sections 85 to 89 - 1 December 1982]

85We the people of Solomon Islands, proud of the wisdom and the worthy customs of our ancestors, mindful of our common and diverse heritage and conscious of our common destiny, do now, under the guiding hand of God, establish the sovereign democratic State of Solomon Islands;

86As a basis of our united nation
DECLARE that -
(a) all power in Solomon Islands belongs to its people and is exercised on their behalf by the legislature, the executive and the judiciary established by this Constitution;
(b) the natural resources of our country are vested in the people and the government of Solomon Islands;
AGREE AND PLEDGE that -
(a) our government shall be based on democratic principles of universal suffrage and the responsibility of executive authorities to elected assemblies;
(b) we shall uphold the principles of equality, social justice and the equitable distribution of incomes;
(c) we shall respect and enhance human dignity and strengthen and build on our communal solidarity;
(d) we shall cherish and promote the different cultural traditions within Solomon Islands; (e) we shall ensure that participation of our people in the governance of their affairs and provide within the framework of our national unity for the decentralisation of power; AND for these purposes we now give ourselves this Constitution.

87CHAPTER I THE STATE AND THE CONSTITUTION

88The State and Head of State
1.-(1) Solomon Islands shall be a sovereign democratic State.

89(2) Her Majesty shall be the Head of State of Solomon Islands.

90Constitution is supreme law

912. This Constitution is the supreme law of Solomon Islands and if any other law is inconsistent with this Constitution, that other law shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void.

92CHAPTER II PROTECTION OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS OF THE INDIVIDUAL

93Fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual

943. Whereas every person in Solomon Islands is entitled to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, that is to say, the right, whatever his race, place of origin, political opinions, colour, creed or sex, but subject to respect for the rights and freedoms of others and for the public interest, to each and all of the following, namely:-

95(a) life, liberty, security of the person and the protection of the law;
(b) freedom of conscience of expression and of assembly and association; and
(c) protection for the privacy of his home and other property and from deprivation of property without compensation, the provisions of this Chapter shall have effect for the purpose of affording protection of those rights and freedoms subject to such limitations of that protection as are contained in those provisions, being limitations designed to ensure that the enjoyment of the said rights and freedoms by an individual does not prejudice the rights and freedoms of others or the public interest.

96Protection of right to life

974.-(1) No person shall be deprived of his life intentionally save in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence under the law in force in Solomon Islands of which he has been convicted.

98(2) A person shall not be regarded as having been deprived of his life in contravention of this section if he dies as the result of the use, to such extent and in such circumstances as are permitted by law, of such force as is reasonably justifiable-

99(a) for the defence of any person from violence or for the defence of property;
(b) in order to effect a lawful arrest or to prevent the escape of a person lawfully detained;
(c) for the purpose of suppressing a riot, insurrection or mutiny;
(d) in order to prevent the commission by that person of a criminal offence, or if he dies as the result of a lawful act of war.

100Protection of right to personal liberty

1015.-(1) No person shall be deprived of his personal liberty save as may be authorised by law in any of the following cases, that is to say -
(a) in consequence of his unfitness to plead to a criminal charge;
(b) in execution of the sentence or order of a court, whether established for Solomon Islands or some other country, in respect of a criminal offence of which he has been convicted;

102(c) in execution of the order of a court of record punishing him for contempt of that court or of a court inferior to it;
(d) in execution of the order of a court made to secure the fulfilment of any obligation imposed on him by law;

103(e) for the purpose of bringing him before a court in execution of the order of a court;
(f) upon reasonable suspicion of his having committed, or being about to commit, a criminal offence under the law in force in Solomon Islands;
(g) in the case of a person who has not attained the age of eighteen years, under the order of a court or with the consent of his parent or guardian, for the purpose of his education or welfare;

104(h) for the purpose of preventing the spread of an infectious or contagious disease;
(i) in the case of a person who is, or is reasonably suspected to be, of unsound mind, addicted to drugs or alcohol, or a vagrant, for the purpose of his care or treatment or the protection of the community;
(j) for the purpose of preventing the unlawful entry of that person into Solomon Islands, or for the purpose of effecting the expulsion, extradition or other lawful removal of that person from Solomon Islands or for the purpose of restricting that person while he is being conveyed through Solomon Islands in the course of his extradition or removal as a convicted prisoner from one country to another; or
(k) to such extent as may be necessary in the execution of a lawful order of a court requiring that person to remain within a specified area within Solomon Islands or prohibiting him from being within such an area, or to such extent as may be reasonably justifiable for the taking of proceedings against that person relating to the making of any such order, or to such extent as may be reasonably justifiable for restraining that person during any visit that he is permitted to make to any part of Solomon Islands in which, in consequence of any such order, his presence would otherwise be unlawful.

105(2) Any person who is arrested or detained shall be informed as soon as reasonably practicable, and in a language that he understands, of the reasons for his arrest or detention.

106(3) Any person who is arrested or detained -

107(a) for the purpose of brining him before a court in execution of the order of a court; (b) upon reasonable suspicion of his having committed, or being about to commit, a criminal offence under the law in force in Solomon Islands, and who is not released, shall be brought without undue delay before a court; and if any person arrested or detained upon reasonable suspicion of his having committed or being about to commit a criminal offence is not tried within a reasonable time, then, without prejudice to any further proceedings that may be brought against him, he shall be released either unconditionally or upon reasonable conditions, including in particular such conditions as are reasonable necessary to ensure that he appears at a later date for trial or for proceedings preliminary to trial.

108Protection from slavery and forced labour

1096.-(1) No person shall be held in slavery or servitude.

110(2) No person shall be required to perform forced labour.

111(3) For the purposes of this section, the expression "forced labour" does not include -

112(a) any labour required in consequence of the sentence or order of a court;
(b) any labour required of any person while he is lawfully detained that, though not required in consequence of the sentence or order of a court, is reasonably necessary in the interests of hygiene or for the maintenance of the place at which he is detained;
(c) any labour required of a member of a disciplined force in pursuance of his duties as such or, in the case of a person who has conscientious objections to service as a member of a naval, military or air force, any labour that that person is required by law to perform in place of such service;
(d) any labour required during any period of public emergency or in the event of any other emergency or calamity that threatens the life and well-being of the community, to the extent that the requiring of such labour is reasonably justifiable in the circumstances of any situation arising or existing during that period or as a result of that other emergency or calamity, for the purpose of dealing with that situation; or
(e) any labour reasonably required as part of reasonable and normal communal or other civic obligations.

113Protection from inhuman treatment
7. No person shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading punishment or other treatment.

114Protection from deprivation of property

1158.-(1) No property of any description shall be compulsorily taken possession of, and no interest or right over property of any description shall be compulsorily acquired, except where the following conditions are satisfied, that is to say -

116(a) the taking of possession or acquisition is necessary or expedient in the interests of defence, public safety, public order, public morality, public health, town or country planning or the development or utilisation of any property in such a manner as to promote the public benefit; and

117(b) there is reasonable justification for the causing of any hardship that may result to any person having an interest in or right over the property; and
(c) provision is made by a law applicable to that taking of possession or acquisition -
(i) for the payment of reasonable compensation (the valuable consideration of which may take the form of cash or some other form and may be payable by way of lump sum or by instalments) within a reasonable period of time having due regard to all the relevant circumstances; and

118(ii) securing to any person having an interest in or right over the property a right of access to the High Court, whether direct or on appeal from any other authority, for the determination of his interest or right, the legality of the taking of possession or acquisition of the property, interest or right, and the reasonableness of the compensation and the period of time within which it shall be paid.

119(2) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of this section -

120(a) to the extent that the law in question makes provision for the taking of possession or acquisition of any property -
(i) in satisfaction of any tax, rate or duty;
(ii) by way of penalty for breach of the law of forfeiture in consequence of a breach of the law;

121(iii) as an incident of a lease, tenancy, mortgage, charge, bill of sale, pledge or contract; (iv) in the execution of judgments or orders of a court in proceedings for the determination of civil rights or obligations;
(v) in circumstances where it is reasonably necessary so to do because the property is in a dangerous state or injurious to the health of human beings, animals or plants;

122(iv) in consequence of any law with respect to the limitation of actions or acquisitive prescription; or

123(vii) for so long only as may be necessary for the purposes of any examination, investigation, trial or enquiry or, in the case of land, the carrying out thereon -
(A) of work of soil conservation or of conservation of other natural resources; or
(B) of work relating to agricultural development or improvement which the owner or occupier of the land has been required, and has without reasonable excuse refused or failed, to carry out, except so far as that provision or, as the case may be, the thing done under the authority thereof is shown not to be reasonably justifiable in a democratic society; or
(b) to the extent that the law in question makes provision for the taking of possession or acquisition of -

124(i) enemy property;
(ii) property of a deceased person, a person of unsound mind, a person who has not attained the age of twenty-one years or a person who is absent from Solomon Islands, for the purpose of its administration for the benefit of the persons entitled to the beneficial interest therein;
(iii) property of a person declared to be insolvent or a body corporate in liquidation, for the purpose of its administration for the benefit of the creditors of the insolvent or body corporate and, subject thereto, for the benefit of other persons entitled to the beneficial interest in the property; or
(iv) property subject to a trust, for the purpose of vesting the property in persons appointed as trustees under the instrument creating the trust or by a court or, by order of a court, for the purpose of giving effect to the trust.

125(3) Nothing in this section shall be construed as affecting the making or operation of any law for the compulsory taking of possession in the public interest of any property, or the compulsory acquisition in the public interest of any interest in or right over property, where that property, interest or right is held by a body corporate established for public purposes by any law and in which no moneys have been invested other than moneys provided by the Government.

126Protection for privacy of home and other property

1279.-(1) Except with his own consent, no person shall be subjected to the search of his person or his property or the entry by others on his premises.

128(2) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of this section to the extent that the law in question makes provision -

129(a) in the interests of defence, public safety, public order, the prevention and investigation of breaches of the law, public morality, public health, town or country planning, the development and utilisation of mineral resources, or the development or utilisation of any other property in such a manner as to promote the public benefit;
(b) for the purpose of protection the rights or freedoms of other persons;
(c) for the purpose of authorising an officer or agent of the Government, an authority of the property of Honiara city or of a provincial government or a body corporate established by law for a public purpose to enter on the premises of any person in order to inspect those premises or anything thereon for the purpose of any tax, rate or duty or in order to carry out work connected with any property that is lawfully on those premises and that belongs to the Government, that authority or that body corporate, as the case may be;

1301 of 1983, Sched.

131(d) for the purpose of authorising the entry upon any premises in pursuance of an order of a court for the purpose of enforcing the judgment or order of a court in any proceedings; or
(e) for the purpose of authorising the entry upon any premises for the purpose of preventing or detecting criminal offences, and except so far as that provision or, as the case may be, anything done under the authority thereof is shown not to be reasonably justifiable in a democratic society.

132Provisions to secure protection of law

13310.-(1) If any person is charged with a criminal offence, then, unless the charge is withdrawn, that person shall be afforded a fair hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial court established by law.

134(2) Every person who is charged with a criminal offence -

135(a) shall be presumed to be innocent until he is proved or has pleaded guilty;
(b) shall be informed as soon as reasonably practicable, in detail and in a language that he understands, of the nature of the offence charged;
(c) shall be given adequate time and facilities for the preparation of his defence;
(d) shall be permitted to defend himself before the court in person or, at his own expense, by a legal representative of his own choice;
(e) shall be afforded facilities to examine in person or by his legal representative the witnesses called by the prosecution before the court, and to obtain the attendance and carry out the examination of witnesses to testify on his behalf before the court on the same conditions as those applying to witnesses called by the prosecution; and
(f) shall be permitted to have without payment the assistance of an interpreter if he cannot understand the language used at the trial of the charge, and, except with his own consent, the trial shall not take place in his absence unless he so conducts himself as to render the continuance of the proceedings in his presence impracticable and the court has ordered him to be removed and the trial to proceed in his absence.

136(3) When a person is tried for any criminal offence, the accused person or any person authorised by him in that behalf shall, if he so requires and subject to payment of such reasonable fee as may be prescribed by law, be given within a reasonable time after judgement a copy for the use of the accused person of any record of the proceedings made by or on behalf of the court.

137(4) No person shall be held to be guilty of a criminal offence on account of any act or omission that did not, at the time it took place, constitute such an offence, and no penalty shall be imposed for any criminal offence that is severer in degree or description than the maximum penalty that might have been imposed for that offence at the time when it was committed.

138(5) No person who shows that he has been tried by a competent court for a criminal offence and either convicted or acquitted shall again be tried for that offence or for any other criminal offence of which he could have been convicted at the trial for that offence, save upon the order of a superior court in the course of appeal of review proceedings relating to the conviction or acquittal.

139(6) No person shall be tried for a criminal offence if he shows that he has been pardoned for that offence.

140(7) No person who is tried for a criminal offence shall be compelled to give evidence at the trial.

141(8) Any court or other adjudicating authority prescribed by law for the determination of the existence or extent of any civil right or obligation shall be established or recognised by law and shall be independent and impartial; and where proceedings for such a determination are instituted by any person before such a court or other adjudicating authority, that person shall be given a fair hearing within a reasonable time.

142(9) Except with the agreement of all the parties thereto, all proceedings of every court and proceedings for the determination of the existence or extent of any civil right or obligation before any other adjudicating authority, including the announcement of the decision of the court or other authority, shall be held in public.

143(10) Nothing in the preceding subsection shall prevent the court or other adjudicating authority from excluding from the proceedings persons other than the parties thereto and their legal representatives to such extent as the court or other authority -

144(a) may by law be empowered so to do and may consider necessary or expedient in circumstances where publicity would prejudice the interests of justice or in interlocutory proceedings or in the interests of decency, public morality, the welfare of persons under the age of eighteen years or the protection of the private lives of persons concerned in the proceedings; or

145(b) may by law be empowered or required so to do in the interests of defence, public safety or public order;

146(11) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of –

147(a) subsection (2)(a) of this section to the extent that the law in question imposes upon any person charged with a criminal offence the burden of proving particular facts;
(b) Subsection (2)(e) of this section to the extent that the law in question imposes reasonable conditions that must be satisfied if witnesses called to testify on behalf of an accused person are to be paid their expenses out of public funds; or

148(c) subsection (5) of this section to the extent that the law in question authorises a court to try a member of a disciplined force for a criminal offence notwithstanding any trial and conviction or acquittal of that member under the disciplinary law of that force, so, however, that any court so trying such a member and convicting him shall in sentencing him to any punishment take into account any punishment awarded him under that disciplinary law.

149Protection of freedom of conscience

15011.-(1) Except with his own consent, no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of conscience, and for the purposes of this section the said freedom includes freedom of thought and of religion, freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others, and both in public and in private, to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance.

151(2) Every religious community shall be entitled, at its own expense, to establish and maintain places of education and to manage any place of education which it wholly maintains.

152(3) No religious community shall be prevented from providing religious instruction for persons of that community in the course of any education provided at any place of education which it wholly maintains or in the course of any education which it otherwise provides.

153(4) Except with his own consent (or, if he is a person who has not attained the age of eighteen years, the consent of his guardian) no person attending any place of education shall be requires to receive religious instruction or take part in or attend any religious ceremony or observance if that instruction, ceremony or observance relates to a religion other than his own.

154(5) No person shall be compelled to take any oath which is contrary to his religion or belief or to take any oath in a manner which is contrary to his religion or belief.

155(6) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of this section to the extent that the law in question makes provision which is reasonably required -

156(a) in the interest of defence, public safety, public order, public morality or public health; or
(b) for the purpose of protecting the rights and freedoms of other persons, including the right to practise and observe any religion without the unsolicited intervention of members of any other religion, and except so far as that provision or, as the case may be, the thing done under the authority thereof is shown not to be reasonably be justifiable in a democratic society.

157(7) Nothing in this section shall affect the power of Parliament to prescribe the curriculum and related matters in all places of education within Solomon Islands.

158(8) References in this section to a religion shall be construed as including references to a religious denomination, and cognate expressions shall be construed accordingly.

159Protection of freedom of expression

16012.-(1) Except with his own consent, no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of expression, and for the purposes of this section the said freedom includes the freedom to hold opinions without interference, freedom to receive ideas and information without interference, freedom to communicate ideas and information without interference and freedom from interference with his correspondence.

161(2) Nothing contain in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of this section to the extent that the law in question makes provision-

162(a) in the interest of defence, public safety, public order, public morality or public health; (b) for the purpose of protecting the reputations, rights and freedoms of other persons or the private lives of persons concerned in legal proceedings, preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, maintaining the authority and independence of the courts, or regulating the administration or the technical operation of telephony, telegraphy, posts, wireless, broadcasting or television; or

163(c) that imposes restriction upon public officers,
and except so far as that provision or, as the case may be, the thing done under the

164authority thereof is shown not to be reasonably justifiable in a democratic society.

165Protection of freedom of assembly and association

16613.-(1) Except with his own consent, no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of assembly and association, that is to say, his right to assemble freely and associate with other persons and in particular to form or belong to political parties or to form or belong to trade unions or other associations for the protection of his interests.

167(2) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of this section to the extent that the law in question makes provision -

168(a) to the interests of defence, public safety, public order, public morality or public health;
(b) for the purpose of protecting the rights or freedoms of other persons; or
(c) that imposes restrictions upon public officers, and except so far as that provision or, as the case may be, the thing done under the authority thereof is shown not to be reasonably justifiable in a democratic society.

169Protection of freedom of movement

17014.-(1) No person shall be deprived of his freedom of movement, and for the purposes of this section the said freedom means the right to move freely throughout Solomon Islands, the right to reside in any part of Solomon Islands, the right to enter Solomon Islands and immunity from expulsion from Solomon Islands.

171(2) Any restriction on a person's freedom of movement that is involved in his lawful detention shall not be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of this section.

172(3) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of this section to the extent that the law in question makes provision -

173(a) for the imposition of restrictions on the movement or residence within Solomon Islands of any person or on any person's right to leave Solomon Islands that are reasonably required in the interests of defence, public safety or public order;

174(b) for the imposition of restriction on the movement or residence within Solomon Islands or on the right to leave Solomon Islands of persons generally or any class of persons that are reasonably required in the interests of defence, public safety, public order, public morality or public health;

175(c) for the imposition of restrictions on the movement or residence within Solomon Islands of any person who is not a citizen of Solomon Islands or the exclusion or expulsion from Solomon Islands of any such person;
(d) for the imposition of restrictions on the acquisition or use by any person of land or other property in Solomon Islands;

176(e) for the imposition of restrictions upon the movement or residence within Solomon Islands of public officers;
(f) for the removal of a person from Solomon Islands to be tried or punished in some other country for a criminal offence under the law of that other country or to undergo imprisonment in that other country in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence under the law in force in Solomon Islands of which he has been convicted; or

177(g) for the imposition of restrictions, by order of a court, on the movement or residence within Solomon Islands of any person or on any person's right to leave Solomon Islands either in consequence of his having been found guilty of a criminal offence under the law in force in Solomon Islands or for the purpose of ensuring that he appears before a court at a later date for trial or for proceedings relating to his extradition or lawful removal from Solomon Islands,

178and except so far as that provision or, as the case may be, the thing done under the authority thereof is shown not to be reasonably justifiable in a democratic society.

179(4) If any person whose freedom of movement has been restricted by virtue only of such a provision as is referred to in subsection (3)(a) or (b) of this section so request at any time during the period of that restriction not earlier than six months after he last made such a request during that period, his case shall be reviewed by an independent and impartial tribunal presided over by a person, qualified to be admitted to practise in Solomon Islands as an advocate or as a barrister and solicitor, appointed by the Chief Justice.

180(5) On any review by a tribunal in pursuance of the preceding subsection of the case of a person whose freedom of movement has been restricted, the decision of the tribunal concerning the necessity or expediency of continuing the restriction shall be binding on the authority by which it was ordered.

181Protection from discrimination on grounds of race, etc.
15.-(1) Subject to the provisions of subsections (5), (6) and (9) of this section, no law shall make any provision that is discriminatory either of itself or in its effect.

182(2) Subject to the provisions of subsections (7), (8) and (9) of this section, no person shall be treated in a discriminatory manner by any person acting by virtue of any written law or performance of the function of any public office or any public authority.

183(3) Subject to the provision of subsection (9) of this section, no person shall be treated in a discriminatory manner in respect of access to shops, hotels, lodging-houses, public restaurants, eating-houses or places of public entertainment or in respect of access to places of public resort maintained wholly or partly out of public funds or dedicated to the use of the general public.

184(4) In this section, the expression "discriminatory" means affording different treatment to different persons attributable wholly or mainly to their respective descriptions by race, place of origin, political opinions, colour, creed or sex whereby persons of one such description are subjected to disabilities or restrictions to which persons of another such description are not made subject or are accorded privileges or advantages which are not accorded to persons of another such description.

185(5) Subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to any law so far as that law makes provision-

186(a) for the imposition of taxation or the appropriation of revenue by the Government or the government of Honiara city, or any provincial government, or the Honiara city council or any provincial or any provincial assembly for local purposes;

1871 of 1983, Sched.

188(b) with respect to persons who are not citizens of Solomon Islands;
(c) for the application, in the case of persons of any such description as is mentioned in the preceding subsection (or of persons connected with such persons), of the law with respect to adoption, marriage, divorce, burial, devolution of property on death or other like matters that is the personal law applicable to persons of that description;
(d) for the application of customary law;
(e) with respect to land, the tenure of land, the resumption and acquisition of land and other like purposes;
(f) for the advancement of the more disadvantaged members of the community; or
(g) where persons of any such description as is mentioned in the preceding subsection may be subjected to any disability or restriction or may be accorded any privilege or advantage which, having regard to its nature and to special circumstances pertaining to those persons or to persons of any other such description, is reasonably justifiable in a democratic society.

189(6) Nothing contained in any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of subsection (1) of this section to the extent that it makes provision with respect to standards or qualifications (not being standards or qualification specifically relating to race, place of origin, political opinions, colour, creed or sex) to be required of any person who is appointed to any office in the public service, any office in a disciplined force, any office in the service of the government of Honiara city or any provincial government or any office in a body corporate established directly by any law for public purposes, or who wishes to engage in any trade or business.

1901 of 1983, Sched.

191(7) Subsection (2) of this section shall not apply to anything which is expressly or by necessary implication authorised to be done by any such provision of law as is referred to in subsection (5) or (6) of this section.

192(8) Subsection (2) of this section shall not affect any discretion relating to the institution, conduct or discontinuance of civil or criminal proceedings in any court that is vested in any person by or under this Constitution or any other law.

193(9) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of this section to the extent that the law in question makes provision whereby persons of any such description as is mentioned in subsection (4) of this section may be subjected to any restriction on the rights and freedoms guaranteed by section 9, 11, 12, 13 and 14 of this Constitution, being such a restriction as is authorised by section 9(2), 11(6), 12(2), 13(2) or 14(3), as the case may be.

194Provisions for periods of public emergency
16.-(1) In this Chapter "period of public emergency" means any period during which -

195(a) Solomon Islands is at war; or
(b) there is in force a declaration made under the provisions of this section.

196(2) The Governor-General may at any time by proclamation declare that a state of public emergency exists and as soon as practicable shall publish such proclamation in the Gazette.

197(3) A declaration made under subsection (2) of this section shall cease to have effect on the expiration of a period of seven days commencing with the day on which the declaration is made unless before the expiration of that period it has been approved by a resolution of Parliament supported by the votes of at least two-thirds of all the members thereof:

198Provided that, if a declaration is made during any period when Parliament is not sitting, Parliament shall be convened not later than two weeks after the day on which the declaration is made and the period of seven days referred to in this subsection shall commence on the day on which Parliament convened.

199(4) A declaration made under subsection (2) of this section may at any time before it has been approved by a resolution of Parliament be revoked by the Governor-General by a proclamation published in the Gazette.

200(5) A declaration made under subsection (2) of this section and approved by a resolution of Parliament under subsection (3) shall continue in force until the expiration of a period of four months commencing with the day on which the declaration is made or until such earlier date as may be specified in the resolution.

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