Gov't to pursue legal proceedings

He said whilst the decision of the Singapore Court of Appeal ruled to dismiss the appeal by the State of Papua New Guinea against PNG Sustainable Development Program Limited, the judgment also found that there was an "intuitive attractive" in the State's case which was persuasive.

The State brought claims against PNGSDP in the Singapore Courts in 2014 for breach of its agreement with the State and a charitable purpose trust.

The High Court of Singapore did not grant the State's claims on the basis that there was no such agreement and trust.

Judiciary releases new election petition rules

These new rules replace the 2002 election petition rules.

By instrument dated the 26 June, 2017, Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia determined that as of July 3, 2017, the Election Petition rules 2002 ceased.

And pursuant to rule 2(2) of the National Court Election Petition rules 2017, the Chief Justice reappointed Justice Collin Makail as the Judge Administrator of the National Court Elections Track.

A security cost fee of K5000 remains for all election petition matters with a filing fee of K1000.

Magistrate Services plans for new ‘home’

A four storey building is being designed and will be fully funded by the Australian Government. 

The court complex  is still in the planning stage with architects completing the design.

The master plan will be presented to the Magisterial services by February 2016 before tenders go out for the construction phase.

Land has been allocated for the new Magisterial Services Court complex which is next to the main National and Supreme Court Building at Waigani which is also undergoing construction for the new court complex.

Court dismisses Parker’s bail application

Parker, 43, from Minj in Jiwaka Province, appeared at the Waigani Committal court last Friday (June 12).

He is charged for the wilful murder of his chief aircraft engineer 54 year old Lapan Nason from New Ireland Province on June 6 at Gorobe Street, Badili.

Nason was admitted to the Port Moresby General Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit on June 6 and died two days later from his injuries. 

Parker was arrested and charged by police on June 11 and remains in custody at the Boroko Police Station cell.