New facility sees first court sitting

The new Waigani District Court facility, built adjacent to the National Library, is now being used.

The Magisterial Services moved into the new building last month and the first court sitting for 2017 was heard on Tuesday.

Wednesday morning saw 24 custody matters come for mention before Magistrate Mekeo Gauli, most of which were defendants arrested over the Christmas and New Year period.

The new facility has four courtrooms and separate holding cells for male and female detainees, a feature which the old district court building did not have.

The building is for temporary use and the Magisterial Service is expected to build a four-storey district court complex by 2020.

Sally Pokiton