New PNG judge sworn in

A judge who was appointed by the Judicial and Legal Service Commission to serve in the high courts of Papua New Guinea has been sworn into office.

Justice Harold Terrence Foulds will serve as a judge in PNG for a term of three years.

He signed instruments of his appointment, read and signed his declaration of office, loyalty and judiciary declaration at Government house last Friday.

The event was witnessed by Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio in the presence of other judges, including Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia.

Justice Foulds’ appointment will now bring the total number of judges, both acting and permanent judges serving in the high court, to 41, strengthening the judiciary’s capacity to deal with the growing number of cases.

He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and all Federal Courts in 1975. 

In 1980, he was appointed as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland. He has worked in a number of Australian government and justice agencies since 1971.

At the time of his appointment, Foulds was the principal/senior crown counsel, civil litigation in the office of the Director of Public Prosecution and the Solicitor General’s Litigation Division in Hobart, Tasmania.

Meanwhile, Jeffery Leonard Shepherd, who was also appointed a judge, is yet to be sworn in.

(Justice Foulds, standing fourth from left with Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio, Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia and other judges last Friday. Picture courtesy of Government house)

Sally Pokiton