Tari Resident judge, Justice Martin Ipang has passed on, leaving a big gap for the judiciary to fill in the now troubled Hela provincial capital.
The late judge passed away in Port Moresby on Tuesday. It is understood he was brought to Port Moresby for medical treatment.
His body remains in Port Moresby and funeral arrangements are being organised by the Judiciary.
The late judge begun his career as a magistrate before attaining his Law degree from the Univerity of Papua New Guinea.
He presided as a magistrate at in Lae before he was appointed to the bench.
He was serving in Tari at the time of his death.
Justice Ipang was known for sentencing former Western Governor Wobiro, former Western Provincial Administrator Dr Modowa Gumoi, and Fly Care Foundation Inc. boss Norman Carl May in 2016 to 10 years in jail.
He was also one of those judges who echoed calls for legislators to look at polygamous marriage in the country.