Security beefed up at courthouse

Additional security measures have been introduced by the National Judiciary Services at the Waigani Court building.

The office of the sheriff has installed a new security screening point which has seen people walking through a metal detector before entering the building.

Operated by the National Judiciary Services security guards, the security screening also includes the inspection of all bags.

Sheriff of PNG Ian Augerea in a statement said all court users and those from the legal profession will be subject to the screening process.

“The screening is an additional measure to ensure all court users can access justice without the fear of violence or the threat of weapons.

“Peak times will create lines for entry. Users are asked to be patient and comply with directions to facilitate a smooth entry for all patrons,” Augerea stated.

Meanwhile, construction on the new court complex has gone into full swing at Waigani since the start of the 2017 Legal Year.

What used to be the main carpark has been blocked off and the new parking lot is now being used.

Sally Pokiton