Sir Gibbs Salika

PNG Judiciary to utilise satellite

Chief Justice, Sir Gibbs Salika, announced that on Monday evening (US EST).

The Kacific1 communications satellite, built by Boeing, was launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket to geostationary orbit from SpaceX facilities in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. The Judiciary will be utilising the satellite for free on net voice calling, video conferencing and high speed internet data.

Chief Justice files complaint against Police Minister

In his letter to the acting Police Commissioner, dated November 11th, Chief Sir Gibbs Salika said his complaint is against Kramer’s post on Facebook relating to his role in referring a matter for Justice Nicholas Miviri to deal with “in relation to an application for interim stay of a warrant of arrest by the Waigani District Court to arrest” Peter O’Neill.

“His article on the Facebook page is inciting trouble or tending to cause trouble or ill-feeling among people,” wrote the Chief Justice.

Chief Justice calls for domestic peace laws

Speaking at the 2019 Pacific Leaders Summit for Peace in Sydney, Australia, the Chief Justice said this will ensure that the push for an international law to promote peace works.

The Chief Justice was among several Pacific Island leaders who attended the Summit, as part of the Heavenly Culture, World Peace, and Restoration of Light (HWPL) 30th World Peace Tour.

The 2019 Pacific Leaders Summit for Peace was held at the New South Wales Parliament House in Sydney.

Practice self-discipline

The service began with the a march from the Boreboa Primary school gates at North Waigani, down to the PNG Bible Church, just before Morata.

Judges, Magistrates, lawyers and staff of the National Judiciary and Magisterial services took time off this morning to open the year 2019 with a dedication service led by Rev. Moresby Tunge.

But before that, an inspection of the guards was done by Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika. This is also his first as the head of the judiciary.

In delivering his keynote address, he stressed on discipline and having strong work ethics.

New Chief Justice sworn in

Following his appointment on November 13, Sir Gibbs took his oath into office at the Government house, in the presence of Vanuatu’s Chief Justice, a judge from New Zealand’s Supreme Court and other judges from the PNG Judiciary.  

The longest serving judge of PNG’s National and Supreme Courts was sworn in today as the seventh Chief Justice, for a term of 10 years.

Sir Gibbs Salika is from the South Fly district of Western Province. He was born on August 11 1955.

Sir Gibbs Salika appointed as Chief Justice

In making the announcement of Justice Salika’s appointment, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill thanked outgoing Chief Justice, Sir Salamo lnjia for his decade of service to the nation in the position.

He said as Papua New Guinea continues to develop and the economy expand, the appointment was a very good decision to ensure the strength and vitality of the judiciary.

“Justice Salika is the longest serving judge of the National and Supreme Courts and will be a strong and independent Chief Justice of Papua New Guinea.

Sir Gibbs is acting Chief Justice

Sir Salamo Injia's term as Chief Justice of Papua New Guinea ended 31 October, and with the vacancy in office, his deputy, Sir Gibbs, is now acting in the position.

Registrar of the Supreme and National Court Ian Augerea, in a notice issued November 1, 2018, said Sir Gibbs Salika is acting Chief Justice until further notice.

The Judicial and Legal Services Commission and NEC is yet to make an announcement on a permanent appointment.

Sir Salamo was appointed Chief Justice in 2008 for a period of 10 years.

New legal book celebrated

On Friday night the Deputy Chief Justice, Sir Gibbs Salika made this remarks when launching a book authored by the acting Public Solicitor, Leslie Mamu. 

The book titled Supreme Court practices and procedures covers the law and the principles and practice in the Supreme Court.

Author, Leslie Mamu explained that the book is a collection of materials, cases and laws put together to make it easy for law practitioners and court users that come before the Supreme Court.

​Late retired Justice Kawi farewelled

Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika said this when giving his tribute on behalf of the judiciary at the thanksgiving mass yesterday (May 24).

He described the late judge as a fearless lawyer in his early years of practise prior to his appointment to the bench.

He thanked the immediate family of the late judge and the people of Madang for giving a son who became a very talented lawyer and judge and for sharing him with the rest of Papua New Guinea.

“He died at a very early age. 52 years old and to die, is too young,” Sir Gibbs said.

Judge: Public servants must not steal

They are entrusted with the responsibility to perform their roles with utmost honesty, to deliver the goods and services to the people and not go into business themselves.

This was stressed by Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika today when he sentenced a senior public servant from the Wabag District Treasury Office, and a Civil Works coordinator, to eight years in prison with hard labour.