Former Supreme Court Judge, Stephen Felix has been appointed as the Parliament Principal Legal Officer.
His appointment was made by Speaker of Parliament, Gracia Shadrack yesterday.
The appointment is deemed a milestone achievement for the 12 Legislature under the leadership of Speaker Shadrack.
“Mr. Felix is the first Principal Legal Officer in forty years history of Vanuatu's Parliament," Speaker Shadrack stated.
Mr. Felix is a qualified experienced lawyer, former Chief Magistrate and a former Supreme Court Judge.
He has a Bachelor of Law from the University of South Pacific and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor on October 30, 2009.
“Mr. Felix brings a wealth of legal experience to the Parliament, having worked for over 20 years in the judiciary sector and his qualification and work experience is outstanding,” Speaker Shadrack noted.
Speaker Shadrack said Mr. Felix's employment services since 1994 to this day illustrates that he has an extensive legal work experience working in both the rural and urban legal area settings, commencing from an Island Court clerk on Tanna and Ambae, then moving up to the ladder to the position of Chief Magistrate.
Felix was the first Ni-Vanuatu to work as a Chief Magistrate and his last job was as a Judge in the Supreme Court before moving to the Parliament office as the first ever Ni-Vanuatu to take up the position of Principal Legal Officer.
“I am confident that he will perform to the best of his ability,” Speaker Shadrack stated.
The Speaker said Mr. Felix’s primary responsibilities include providing high quality legal services to the Parliament Administration Board, Speaker, Members of Parliament, Clerk and the Parliamentary Standing Committees.
He is also responsible for developing legal policy and guidelines for the efficient management of the legal unit and providing legal leadership mentoring program to the young parliamentary staff by ensuring the Parliament excels, deliver and display excellent legal leadership work ethics at the Parliament office.
“To conclude, I as the Speaker of Parliament of this 12thLegislature, would like to inform the general public that as we are now in the Yumi 40 phase, I am confident that Mr. Felix will provide excellent ethical legal services, guidance and valuable insight by augmenting the administrative legal role in Parliament,” Speaker Shadrack said.
Mr. Felix thanked the Speaker for giving him the opportunity to be part of the Parliament administrative legal team.