PM files application to have Supreme Court revisit decision

A slip rule application was filed by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill yesterday at the Supreme Court to revisit the decision that was handed down on Finance Minister James Marape’s appeal on Tuesday this week.

A slip rule application is when a party seeks the court to revisit its decision after leave is granted to correct any accidental slip or omission in judgements.

The application will come to court on April 18 where the Prime Minister, through his lawyers, will seek leave of the court to apply for the slip rule. If leave is granted, the application will be heard by the Court.

It will be seeking a stay of the decision delivered by the Supreme Court on Tuesday (April 5) until the determination of the application.

The Prime Minister will also be seeking an order of the Supreme Court to set aside its ruling.

The ruling on Tuesday dismissed Marape’s appeal which allowed police to commence investigations against him in the matter concerned with the Prime Minister’s bill and taxation case involving the Paul Paraka law firm.

The application was filed on six grounds. The first ground is that the Supreme Court erred when it failed to accord the parties their rights to natural justice as it gave no opportunity to the parties to submit on the grounds utilised by the Supreme Court to dismiss the appeal.

The second ground is that the Supreme Court erred when it made a decision not based on the submissions.

Sally Pokiton