Nablu is fourth female judge appointed

Papua New Guinea now has four permanent female Judges serving in the Supreme and National Courts of Justice.

Justice Leka Nama Nablu has been appointed a permanent judge of the National and Supreme Court following her first appointment as an acting judge on June 6, 2014.

She served the judiciary bench for almost two years as an acting judge prior to being appointed a permanent judge. 

Justice Nablu now joins Justice Catherine Davani, Justice Berna Joan Collier and Justice Hitalai Polume as the fourth permanent female judge.

Her appointment was made by the Chairman of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission and Justice Minister Ano Pala on Dec 11, 2015.

Pala in a statement released today said Justice Nablu’s appointment is for a period of 10 years.

“The Commission believes in gender equality and is pleased to see women perform in the higher judiciary of the country to fulfil the functions of the of justice administration,” Pala said.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Nablu served as the Principal Legal Officer for Internal Revenue Commission for 14 years.

Justice Nablu’s official swearing in ceremony will take place at a later date.

(Above is a Loop PNG file picture of acting Judge Nablu (then) on June 4,2015 at the Government House. )


Sally Pokiton