Chief Justice

Judiciary sadden at Justice Davani’s passing

The PNG flag at the Waigani National Court house was flown at half-mast today in respect of the late judge who was serving her second term as a judge of the National and Supreme Court at the time of her death, last Friday, Nov 4.

A one-minute silence was done in Justice Panuel Mogish's court room before crime related cases were heard this morning.

Justice Davani was the first female Papua New Guinean judge appointed to the bench in 2001.

High Court to decide on Namah reference

Justices David Cannings, Allen David and Hitelai Polume-Kiele reserved their decision on the matter to next week after hearing lengthy submissions from parties involved in the case today.

Namah is the referrer; members of the tribunal are the first defendants, the public prosecutor the second defendant, the Ombudsman Commission the third while the Chief Justice is the fourth defendant.

Dress appearance in court is important – Sir Salamo

He said the legal and judicial profession is a discipline organisation and the personal appearance of lawyers and judges is also important.

He told the new lawyers that personal appearance of the profession that is observed in courts in other common law jurisdictions should be no different in the country.