Minister for Justice and Attorney General and Chairman of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission, Davis Steven, announced the appointment of Justice Les Gavara-Nanu to the Court of Appeals of Solomon Islands.
He said the appointment was made possible under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Judiciary of PNG and Solomon Islands.
Under the MOU, Justice Gavara-Nanu will assist the Solomon Islands Court of Appeal by performing judicial functions at least one or two weeks of every second month.
Minister Steven said this appointment is significant for Papua New Guinea’s contribution to the dispensation of justice and rule of law in an international court in our region.
The court of appeal is the highest court in Solomon Islands and comprises international judges from Australia, New Zealand and Vanuatu.
“The appointment of Justice Gavara-Nanu restores the Papua New Guinea judiciary membership to the Solomon Islands Court of Appeal, which has ceased 20 years ago,” said Minister Steven.
“On behalf of the Government of Papua New Guinea, I wish to thank the Government of Solomon Islands, the Attorney General of Solomon Islands James Apaniai and the Chief Justice of Solomon Islands Sir Albert Palmer for the confidence in the Papua New Guinea judiciary in appointing Justice Gavara-Nanu.”
(Picture: Justice Les Gavara-Nanu)