Review of PILON
In 2007 PILON undertook a review of its structure, with a view to establishing a formalised organisation. The review came about in response to the paper titled Mending the Nets (PDF 58KB) presented by the then Attorney-General of Samoa at the 24th PILOM in Vanuatu in 2005. The paper outlined the significant challenges faced by Pacific law officers and noted that PILOM could be a significant organisation, used to address these issues. However it was noted that presently ‘the relationship between the region’s law officers... is not currently sustained beyond the annual PILOM meeting’. The paper proposed that a review of PILOM was needed.
In response, PILOM members requested that the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat coordinate a review. To facilitate this task a review team was established, which consisted of representatives from Fiji, Samoa, Tuvalu, the University of the South Pacific Law School and the Pacific Island Chiefs of Police. In mid 2006, Tuvalu withdrew from the team and was replaced by Kiribati. In late 2006 the Attorney-General of Samoa resigned from her position but continued as an ex officio member of the review team.
The review titled Pacific Islands Law Officers' Meeting (PILOM) Review (PDF 94KB) was presented at the 25th PILOM in Kiribati in February 2007 and was a key issue of consideration at the meeting. The review made a series of recommendations for the reform of PILON.
At the 25th meeting, members agreed that reform was necessary to ensure PILOM became a relevant body that was able to identify, and take action, on issues common to law officers across the Pacific. Members also agreed that PILON should consider such issues, provided they did not fall within the responsibility of other Pacific regional organisations.
PILOM members agreed to most of the recommendations of the Forum Secretariat review and the Australian paper circulated on the Proposal for a Permanent PILOM Secretariat ([PDF 178KB]). Some amendments were made to the recommendations of these papers, primarily due to the establishment of a Steering Committee to develop these recommendations for consideration at the 26th PILON meeting. The key recommendations endorsed for PILON were to:
The actual outcomes of the 25th PILOM are contained in the Chairs Report (PDF 66KB) of that meeting.
The PILON Secretariat developed a discussion paper, Establishing the Pacific Islands Law Officers' Network (PILON) as a regional organisation (PDF 220KB), which put forward proposals for the formalisation of the organisation in accordance with the outcomes of the 25th meeting.
The paper was a key item discussed at the 26th annual meeting. Members endorsed the paper with some changes. The outcomes of the 26th meeting set out the key amendments to the discussion paper.
The outcomes from the meeting are available here: PILON Outcomes [PDF 49KB].