Court asks for more submissions

The Supreme Court in dealing with the stay application of Kavieng member and SOE minister Ben Micah wants lawyers to provide more submissions before the court.

Justice Collin Makail siting as a single Supreme Court judge asked lawyers to make further submissions as to whether he has jurisdiction to grant stay as a single judge.

Makail made this comments following a similar application that came before him last year where he granted a stay order that was later dismissed.

He asked lawyers representing the state and Micah to provide before his court previous case laws that states a single sitting judge in the Supreme Court has the jurisdiction to grant stay on an application.

Micah went before the court on Thursday (June 18) seeking a stay order against the Public Prosecutor’s office acting on his referral from the Ombudsman commission’s office.

His application argued on the basis that he was not provided an opportunity to respond to additional information obtained by the ombudsman commission after they continued investigating him after he responded to allegations last August.

The matter returns to court next Thursday (June 25).