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Vanuatu Law Reports Chronological Index (with key words)

Van.L.R. 1980-1994

Edited by John Ridgway, Ridgway Blake Lawyers, Port Vila, Vanuatu

CHRONOLOGICAL INDEX OF REPORTED JUDGMENTS WITH KEY WORDS

1980

Case name

    

Case Reference

    

Date of Judgment

    

Page

Colardeau v Mamelin

S/C 4/80

14/08/80

1

     Civil Case – FRENCH LAW – EXECUTION - PROTOCOL

Picardie Holdings (NH) Ltd. & Ors. v Waegemenn

S/C 68/80

29/10/80

5

     Civil Case – CONTRACTS – SALE OF LAND – INDEPENDENCE – effect of on contracts for sale of land

T v R

S/C 79/80

12/12/80

7

     Civil Case – CONSTITUTION – PROTOCOL – FAMILY ARRANGEMENTS

1981

Case name

    

Case reference

    

Date of judgment

    

Page

William and Anor v Obed

S/C 1/81

06/07/81

11

     Civil Case – DAMAGES – quantum, loss of expectation of life, application of U.K. statutes of general application

Tho v Etat Francais

S/C 200/81

28/10/81

16

     Civil Case – INTERNATIONAL LAW – sovereign immunity – PROTOCOL – interpretation

1982

Case name

    

Case reference

    

Date of judgment

    

Page

Kalmet v Public Prosecutor

S/C(CR) 1/82

20/02/87

23

     Appeal Case – CRIMINAL LAW – consideration of "indecent assault" and "assault"

     CONSTITUTIONAL LAW – consideration of "serious offence" – Article 5(2)(a) – "right" to have legal representation

Best v The Owner of Ship Glenelg [No. 1]

S/C 27, 28, 29/80

03/06/82

27

     Civil Case – INJUNCTION – Interlocutory Relief – ADMIRALTY – PLEADING – Application to strike out

Public Prosecutor v Cassal and Lind

S/C(CR) 23/82

26/08/82

35

     Criminal Case – ADMIRALTY – using vessel without lawful authority

Jimmy and the Union Blong Moderet Pati (UMP) AND The Principal Electoral Officer

S/C 136/82

13/10/82

42

     Civil Case – ELECTIONS – registration of voters – procedure

Best v The Owner of the Ship 'Glenelg' [No. 2]

C.A. 1/82

14/07/82

48

     Appeal Case – ADMIRALTY – PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – appeal against order to strike out pleading – INJUNCTIONS – interlocutory – Mareva

1983

Case name

    

Case reference

    

Date of judgment

    

Page

The Constitution of the Republic of Vanuatu AND An Application by Boris Andrew Ganke and by Brinds Limited

S/C 169/83

26/03/83

53

     CONSTITUTIONAL LAW – REGISTRATION OF LAND – PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

Malere and Ors. v The Republic of Vanuatu

S/C 170/83

02/12/83

56

     Civil Case – PARLIAMENT – entitlements of members – STATUTES – interpretation

Naling v Public Prosecutor

C.A. 5/82

24/03/83

61

     Appeal Case – CRIMINAL LAW – CONSTITUTIONAL LAW – STATUTES – Interpretation of Art. 5(2)(a) of Constitution – interpretation of "serious offence"

Cassal and Lind v Public Prosecutor

C.A. 6/82

25/03/83

67

     Appeal Case – CRIMINAL LAW – consideration of "lawful authority" – summing up – ADMIRALTY – termination of bareboat charter – repossession of vessel

Coombe v Minister of Home Affairs

C.A. 1/83

26/03/83

74

     Appeal Case – ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – IMMIGRATION – application for leave for Order of Certiorari

1984

Case name

    

Case reference

    

Date of judgment

    

Page

Leigh v Societe Civile Inter-Continental and Groupement Francais D’Assurance

S/C 27/82

07/02/84

76

     Civil Case – DAMAGES – FRENCH LAW – personal injury – assessment of damages

Seru and Ors: Election Petition

S/C 1A/84

09/02/84

84

     Civil Case – ELECTIONS – PARLIAMENT – allegation of electoral irregularities

Barclays Bank Int. Ltd. v Societe Huilerie des N.H.

S/C 167/83

09/03/84

88

     Civil Case – FRENCH LAW – Deed of Mortgage – Force Majeure

Application: for summonses to be issued pursuant to Letters Rogatory

S/C 1/84

29/03/84

90

     Criminal Case – BANKING – secrecy provisions – CONSTITUTIONAL LAW – "substantial justice"

Hnaloane v Pentecost Pacific S.A. and Anor.

S/C 213/83

11/05/84

94

     Civil Case – CONTRACT – EMPLOYMENT – DAMAGES – breach of contract

Societe Civile Familiale Gaudron v Prouds South Seas Limited

S/C 214/83

08/06/84

100

     Civil Case – LANDLORD AND TENANT – option to renew – parties not Ad Idem

Barrett and Ors. v Kam and Ors

S/C 192/83

26/06/84

102

     Civil Case – JUDGMENTS AND ORDERS – Application to Set Aside Order Joining Parties as Defendants; INDEPENDENCE – Effect of On Land Dealings

Harrisen v Holloway as the Commissioner of Police [No. 1]

S/C 62/84

22/08/84

106

     Civil Case – TORT – wrongful imprisonment – DAMAGES – assessment – exemplary and compensatory damages

Luthier v Kam

S/C 98/83

04/09/84

116

     Civil Case – FRENCH LAW – RECEIVERS – application for attachment

Public Prosecutor v Kalmet

S/C(CR) 12/84

09/11/84

122

     Appeal Case – CRIMINAL LAW – motor vehicle offences – STATUTES – interpretation of driving in a manner dangerous

Lansonneur v Barge and another

S/C 3/84

06/12/84

125

     Civil Case – DAMAGES – personal injury – assessment of damages

Public Prosecutor v Xavier

S/C(CR) 23/84

28/12/84

127

     Appeal Case – CRIMINAL LAW – motor traffic offences – driving without due care and attention

P v S; in the matter of infant P (Petition by S)

C.A 85/84

12/12/84

130

     Civil Case – PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – FAMILY ARRANGEMENTS – CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

Pentecost Pacific Ltd. v Hnaloane

C.A. 4A/84

12/12/84

134

     Appeal Case – CONTRACT – EMPLOYMENT – DAMAGES – FRENCH LAW – wrongful dismissal, breach of contract

Public Prosecutor v Mathias

C.A. 3A/84

14/12/84

140

     Appeal Case – CRIMINAL LAW – JUDGMENTS AND ORDERS – sentencing, jurisdiction

Public Prosecutor v Guyette

C.A. 12/84

14/12/84

144

     Appeal Case – CRIMINAL LAW – Jurisdiction and Sentencing – CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

Harrisen v Holloway [No. 2]

C.A. 10/84

14/12/84

147

     Appeal Case – STATUTES – general application – PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – the proper defendant in (tortious) suits against the Government – DAMAGES – exemplary damages – general damages

1985

Case name

    

Case reference

    

Date of judgment

Page

Pacific Grazing (Vanuatu) Ltd; In re

S/C 20/85

03/04/85

154

     Civil Case – COMPANIES – Winding Up – Notice of Demand – Effect Of Typographical Error – Execution of Notice Of Demand By Solicitor – TIME – Public Holidays

Public Prosecutor v Galt and Ors.

S/C(CR) 8/85

12/04/85

158

     Criminal Case – EVIDENCE – inferences – possession, control and custody

My v Societe Civile Sarami

S/C 39/85

12/04/85

163

     Civil Case – FRENCH LAW – INDEPENDENCE – CONTRACT – DAMAGES

Sablon v Public Prosecutor

S/C(CR) 3/85

17/05/85

166

     Appeal Case – CRIMINAL LAW – motor traffic offence – consideration of "dangerous driving"

Development Bank of Vanuatu v Seagoe

S/C 30/84

14/06/85

168

     Civil Case – MORTGAGE – INDEPENDENCE – FRENCH LAW

Public Prosecutor v Struik and Elsass

S/C(CR) 24/85

15/07/85

175

     Criminal Case – CIVIL AVIATION – interpretation of regulations

Brenner v Johnson and Ors.

S/C 98/85

15/10/85

180

     Civil Case – JUDGMENTS AND ORDERS – Default Judgment – Application to Set Aside

Ellis and Ors. v Attorney General

S/C 22/83

12/12/85

190

     Civil Case – CONTRACT – FISHERIES – Sovereign immunity – Government

1986

Case name

    

Case reference

    

Date of judgment

    

Page

Public Prosecutor v Montaigue

S/C(CR) 418/85

02/01/86

209

     Criminal Case – mens rea – statutory definition of intention

Public Prosecutor v Kaltabang

S/C(CR) 22/85

24/01/86

211

     Criminal Case – CONSTITUTIONAL LAW – restitution

Public Prosecutor v Jerry

S/C(CR) 2/86

27/03/86

216

     Appeal Case – CRIMINAL LAW – motor vehicle offences – STATUTES – interpretation of "any person"

Dara v Orambath and Anor.

S/C 164/85

12/05/86

219

     Civil Case – DAMAGES – Assessment – Incapacities

Lale and Anor v Silas

S/C L3/85

18/06/86

221

     Land Appeal – CUSTOM

Pacific Grazing (NH) Ltd; In re

S/C 52/82

27/08/86

225

     Civil Case – COMPANIES – PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – slip rule – REGISTRATION OF CHARGES

Boulekone Vihresanial v Timakata

S/C 90/86

01/10/86

228

     Civil Case – PARLIAMENT – STATUTES – Statutory Interpretation – Impossibility

Yaviong v Uliak

S/C 170/85

10/10/86

233

     Civil Case – CONSTITUTIONAL LAW – ELECTIONS – voting irregularities; by-election

Malas v Songoriki

S/C L1/85

08/10/86

235

     Land Appeal Case – PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – CUSTOM

Deposit and Investment Bank Ltd. v Registrar of Companies

S/C 193/86

10/11/86

256

     Civil Case – COMPANIES – REGISTRATION OF CHARGES

Metau v Jonah and Ors.

S/C 233/86

01/12/86

260

     Civil Case – INDEPENDENCE – REGISTRATION OF LAND – land dealings

Union des Transports Aeriens v Magulu

C.A. 8/85

24/02/86

263

     Appeal Case – EMPLOYMENT – employee’s entitlement to severance allowance

Naliu v Public Prosecutor

C.A. 2/85

27/02/86

266

     Appeal Case – CRIMINAL LAW – EVIDENCE – admission of voluntary statement – summing up

Struik and Elsass v Public Prosecutor

C.A. 5/85

03/03/86

270

     Appeal Case – EVIDENCE – PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – application to adjourn; applications to admit fresh evidence

Namatak v Public Prosecutor (No. 1)

C.A. 7/85

04/03/86

274

     Appeal Case – CRIMINAL LAW – EVIDENCE – voluntary statements, admissibility – STATUTES – interpretation in Vanuatu

Namatak v Public Prosecutor (No. 2)

C.A. 3/86

01/10/86

280

     Appeal Case – CRIMINAL LAW – JUDGMENTS AND ORDERS – restitution – jurisdiction

1987

Case name

    

Case reference

    

Date of judgment

    

Page

Public Prosecutor v Repulpul and Ors.

S/C(CR) 1/87

18/03/87

283

     Criminal Case – PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – Judges Rules

Regenvanu v Ross and Anor.

S/C L8/85

21/03/87

284

     Land Appeal Case – CUSTOM – role of custom advisers – appointment of trustees where no clear customary ownership claim

Boe and Anor v Thomas

S/C 9/86

15/05/87

293

     Appeal Case – DAMAGES – quantum – loss of expectation of life – CUSTOM LAW – relevance to award

Toto v Pasvu

S/C L6/85

06/07/87

300

     Land Appeal Case – CUSTOM – INDEPENDENCE – Champagne Beach land case

Kalo v Public Service Commission [No. 1]

S/C 74/87

09/10/87

305

     Civil Case – CONSTITUTIONAL LAW – ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

Sope and Ors. v Principal Electoral Officer

S/C 169/87

16/10/87

313

     Civil Case – ELECTIONS – ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – electoral list irregularities, Mandamus application

Barlow v Than

S/C 138/87

02/11/87

315

     Civil Case – JUDGMENTS AND ORDERS – Default Judgment – Application to Set Aside

1988

Case name

    

Case reference

    

Date of judgment

    

Page

Public Prosecutor v Nato

M/C(CR) 304/88

27/04/88

319

     Criminal Case – STATUTES – interpretation of "misappropriation"

Samson v Tailleur

M/C 10/88

05/05/88

324

     Civil Case – EMPLOYMENT – employee’s entitlements to holiday pay, pay in lieu of notice and severance allowance considered

Clements, Re; ex parte The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation

S/C 15/88

18/03/88

331

     Civil Case – BANKRUPTCY AND INSOLVENCY – PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – application for adjournment

M v P; re the child G

S/C 58/88

31/03/88

333

     Civil Case – CUSTOM – FAMILY ARRANGEMENTS – adoption

Tobias v Attorney General and Ors.

S/C 89/88

03/06/88

337

     Civil Case – INJUNCTIONS – REGISTRATION OF LAND – JUDGMENTS AND ORDERS

Coombe v Whittle and Anor.

S/C 51/88

16/06/88

340

     Civil Case – PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – SOLICITORS

Manie and Anor. v Kilman

S/C L5/84

05/07/88

343

     Land Appeal Case – CUSTOM – relationship with Common Law – INDEPENDENCE

Public Prosecutor v Talemaibau

S/C(CR) 23/87

07/07/88

354

     Appeal Case – CRIMINAL LAW – motor vehicle offences – STATUTES – offences of absolute liability

Sope and Ors. v Attorney General and Anor. [No. 1]

S/C 114/88

02/08/88

356

     Civil Case – CONSTITUTIONAL LAW – PARLIAMENT – "majority" – "quorum" – STATUTES – interpretation of Constitution, effect of breach of Constitution

Sope and Ors. v Attorney General and Anor. [No.2]

S/C 113/88

10/08/88

363

     Civil Case – CONSTITUTIONAL LAW – PARLIAMENT – STATUTES – freedom of expression considered – "members" considered

Carlot and Ors. v Attorney General and Anor. [No. 1]

S/C 116/88

16/08/88

372

     Civil Case – CONSTITUTIONAL LAW – PARLIAMENT – "majority" – "quorum" – "meeting" – "sitting"

Coombe: Application re order of Minister of Immigration

S/C 156/88

13/12/88

383

     Civil Case – ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – IMMIGRATION – application for leave to apply or Order of Certiorari

Solaise Hotel Ltd. v Pacific Consultants Ltd. and Ors.

S/C 134/88

14/12/88

385

     Civil Case – PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – EVIDENCE – service out of jurisdiction

Constitution, Re; Application by Speaker of Parliament

S/C 159/88

16/12/88

393

     Civil Case – CONSTITUTIONAL LAW – PRESIDENT – PARLIAMENT

Public Prosecutor v. Sope and and Ors [No. 1]

S/C(CR) 9/88

21/12/88

396

     CRIMINAL LAW - bail application

Kalo v Public Service Commission [No. 2]

C.A. 3/87

07/03/88

398

     PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - notice of appeal - particulars required - ability to amend

Dovan v Public Prosecutor

C.A. 1/88

08/03/88

400

     CRIMINAL LAW - EVIDENCE - admission of fresh evidence - possession of prohibited drug absolute offence - intervention by appellate court in decision of lower court

Sope and Ors. v Attorney General and Anor. [No. 3]

C.A. 3/88

21/10/88

405

     CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - PARLIAMENT

Carlot and Ors. v Attorney General and Anor. [No. 2]

C.A. 4/88

21/10/88

407

     CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - PARLIAMENT - consideration of "sittings" (S/C 116/88) and "consecutive sittings"

Sope and Ors. v Attorney General and Anor. [No. 4]

C.A. 6/88

21/10/88

411

     CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - PARLIAMENT - STATUTES - "freedom of expression" considered

Clements v Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation

C.A. 2/88

21/10/88

416

     BANKRUPTCY AND INSOLVENCY - application of UK Acts

1989

Case name

    

Case reference

    

Date of judgment

    

Page

Public Prosecutor v Sope and Ors. [No. 2]

S/C(CR) 9/88

04/01/89

418

     CRIMINAL LAW - bail application

Public Prosecutor v Sokomanu and Ors.

S/C(CR) 50/88

04/01/89

420

     CRIMINAL LAW - seditious conspiracy - incitement to mutiny

Sokomanu and Ors. v Public Prosecutor

C.A. 2/89

14/04/89

440

     CRIMINAL LAW - seditious conspiracy - incitement to mutiny - misdirections - effect of - consideration of "sufficient ground for interfering" (in lower court decision)

Burns Philp (Vanuatu) Ltd. v Maki

C.A. 8/88

12/07/89

458

     EMPLOYMENT - severance allowance - STATUTES - retrospective application

1990

Case name

    

Case reference

    

Date of judgment

    

Page

Ferrieux v Banque Indosuez Vanuatu Ltd.

S/C 109/88

12/01/90

462

     EMPLOYMENT - CONTRACT - DAMAGES - wrongful dismissal - assessment of damages

Wilson and Anor. v Lini and Anor.

S/C 95/90 (No. 1)

19/11/90

483

     CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - INJUNCTIONS - interlocutory application - IMMIGRATION - natural justice considerations

G v L, re the child S

S/C 120/90

18/12/90

486

     CUSTOM, FAMILY ARRANGEMENTS - custody, de facto relationship

Sitangtang v Public Prosecutor

C.A. 12/90

18/10/90

488

     CRIMINAL LAW - STATUTES - "Consideration of incest"

Banque Indosuez Vanuatu Ltd. v Ferrieux

C.A. 1/90

23/10/90

490

     EMPLOYMENT - CONTRACT - repudiation - DAMAGES - assessment, severance pay, consideration of "remuneration"

1991

Case name

    

Case reference

    

Date of judgment

    

Page

Public Prosecutor v Bihu

S/C(CR) 40/90

01/02/91

499

     CRIMINAL LAW - remands - MAGISTRATES - COURTS - jurisdiction re summary trials and sentencing

Bali Hai Ltd. v Elkhorn Development Pty Ltd. and Ors

S/C 119/90

26/03/91

506

     REGISTRATION OF LAND - cautions - COURTS - jurisdictions of court - CONTRACT - SALE OF LAND - specific performance

Mataskelekele v Abil and Anor [No. 1]

S/C 99/91

06/08/91

512

     PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - representative actions - application to strike out - CLUBS/VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATIONS

Mataskelekele v Abil and Anor [No. 2]

C.A. 7/91

02/09/91

517

     PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - representative actions - application to strike out - CLUBS/VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATIONS

1992

Case name

    

Case reference

    

Date of judgment

    

Page

'Lulu Tahi,' The

S/C 184A/91

17/01/92

524

     ADMIRALTY - quantum of security to be paid under arrest

Solzer v Garae and Anor.

S/C 117/92

15/06/92

528

     DAMAGES - assessment of damages - personal injury - pain and suffering

BPCM v Jet Service Ltd. and Anor.

S/C 117/90

09/06/92

535

     BANKING - carrying on business - CONTRACT - waiver of breach

Bastien v Michoutouchkine

S/C 8/92

07/07/92

540

     DAMAGES - Personal Injury/Assault - Assessment of Damages and Aggravated Damages

The 'Nagol Jump' Case

S/C 1A/92

10/07/92

545

     CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - CUSTOM LAW

Deamer v UNELCO

S/C 122/92

20/07/92

554

     PRACTISE AND PROCEDURE - INJUNCTIONS

Barrett v Patterson

S/C 122A/92

21/10/92

558

     COMPANIES - RECEIVERS - EMPLOYMENT

Timakata v Attorney General

S/C 103, 104, 105/92

01/11/92

575

     CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - "protection of the law" - "property" - "equal treatment under the law for administrative action"

Public Prosecutor v Mereka

S/C(CR) 7/92

30/12/92

613

     CRIMINAL LAW - preliminary inquiry - EVIDENCE - corroboration

1993

Case name

    

Case reference

    

Date of judgment

    

Page

Taurokoto v Batic and Ors.

S/C 107/92

03/03/93

620

     ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - EMPLOYMENT - applicability of prerogative writs to public servants

Willie v Public Service Commission

S/C 145/92

25/03/93

634

     ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - EMPLOYMENT - Public Service - compulsory retirement

Public Prosecutor v Silas

S/C(CR) 48/92

01/06/93

659

     CRIMINAL LAW - CUSTOM - sentencing and discharge under s42 Penal Code

Public Prosecutor v Kota and Ors.

S/C(CR) 58/93

31/08/93

661

     CRIMINAL LAW - CUSTOM - CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - kidnapping - conflict between custom ruling and statute

Public Prosecutor v Astrolabe Nominees Ltd.

S/C(CR) 35/93

30/11/93

666

     CRIMINAL LAW - COMPANIES - role of company secretary - consideration of offences "consented to or connived at by (defendant)"

Public Prosecutor v (F) Sope

M/C(CR) 100/93

17/12/93

669

     CRIMINAL LAW - TRADE AND LABOUR - elements of offence breaching order prohibiting strike (etc.) considered

Public Service Commission v Willie

C.A. 2/93

15/10/93

673

     CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - EMPOLYMENT - Public Service - compulsory retirement

Attorney General v Timakata

C.A. 1/93

15/10/93

679

     CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - "protection of the law" - "requirement" for giving of reasons considered - "may not" considered

Morris v Public Prosecutor

C.A. 7/93

15/10/93

687

     CRIMINAL LAW - calling of fresh evidence considered, altering sentencing (of lower court)

1994

Case name

    

Case reference

    

Date of judgment

    

Page

Timakata v Government of Vanuatu

S/C 5/94

19/01/94

691

     PRESIDENT - CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - PARLIAMENT - performance of speaker's functions by deputy speaker

Public Prosecutor v Lin and Ors.

S/C(CR) 2/94

24/01/94

695

     CRIMINAL LAW - aiding and abetting contempt - defence of Superior Orders considered

Vanuatu Public Servants Association v Public Service Commission and Anor.

S/C 148/93

28/02/94

709

     ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - CLUBS/VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATIONS - TRADE AND LABOUR - 'trade dispute' - strike - trade unions

Molisa v Republic of Vanuatu

S/C 155/93

19/04/94

722

     EMPLOYMENT - STATUTES - severance pay - consideration of "continuous employment" - implied repeal of statute

SCHH Ltd. v South West Pacific Investments Ltd.

S/C 30/94

21/04/94

729

     RECEIVERS - EMPLOYMENT - CONTRACT - termination by receiver - severance pay entitlements - liability for payment of such entitlements - Companies Act priorities

Public Prosecutor v Issachaar

C.A. 5/94

18/07/94

742

     CRIMINAL LAW - Committal Proceedings - obligation to give reasons for refusing to commit


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