Sir Salamo launches new book

Another book has been launched by the country’s Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia.

It aims to assist judges, magistrates, lawyers and other court users in civil procedures or cases in the National Court.

The book titled Civil Procedure in Papua New Guinea, National Court of Justice, is the second resource book under civil procedures.

The first was launched on December 21 last year. It was written by Sir Salamo and a retired judge, Gregory Lay.

Sir Salamo, at the commissioning of the second book on Monday, said civil practice and procedures in the National Court is an area that is complex in nature. As a result, not a great deal of literature is written about civil litigation.

He was grateful to the New Zealand High Commission for assisting with funding the book.

He said the relationship between the two countries is long and close, which also includes the process of law reform in terms of the law restructure bill that is currently before Parliament.

New Zealand also still continues to contribute judges to the PNG bench, the recent being Justice Jeffrey Leonard Shepherd, who is now the second judge allocated to the Court Annexed Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) or mediation court.

The new book is written by three senior Australian lawyers who are admitted to practise in the country.

They are Dr Dominic Henley Katter, Robert John Gordon and Erik Graham Andersen. Andersen is a senior litigation partner at Gadens law firm in Port Moresby.

New Zealand High Commissioner to PNG, Tony Fautua, who leaves PNG this Thursday, said the book is a wonderful way to see further working relations between the two countries, especially in the area of law and justice.

He said he is also privileged to contribute to a worthy cause, which is to lift the standard of civil procedures in PNG through the book during his three year term.

The forward was written by Sir Salamo on invitation by its publishing company LexisNexis. The book was funded through a partnership between LexisNexis and the New Zealand High Commission in PNG.

He stated in the forward that the book provides a starting point of relevant case laws and brings the researcher up-to-date with the most relevant case authorities.

The book covers areas of civil jurisdiction, probate jurisdiction, family matters, National Court election petition rules and Alternate Dispute Resolution rules.

Sally Pokiton