Pacific essayist join judges panel for 10th annual Commonwealth Short Story Prize

New- Zealand’s Makereti is an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction whose work has appeared in a range of literary journals, magazines and anthologies.

Her fellow judges, drawn from the other regions of the Commonwealth, are Nigerian author A. Igoni Barrett (Africa), Bangladeshi writer and editor Khademul Islam (Asia), British poet and fiction writer Keith Jarrett (Canada and Europe), Jamaican environmental activist and author Diana McCaulay (Caribbean).

South African novelist and critic Zoë Wicomb will chair the panel of judges.

Reappointed Judges sworn in

Their reappointments were announced on 23 May by Chairman of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission Alfred Manase, following a meeting on 15 May 2019.

Waigani based civil court judge, Justice Ere Kariko, whose term will expire on 7th July this year, was reappointed for another ten year term. 

Madang-based and human rights administration judge, Justice David Cannings, whose term will expire on 24 June was re-appointed for another three years.

Rule of law to be improved

This is being done by increasing the number of judicial appointments through the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC).

Secretary for the Department of Justice & Attorney General, Dr Eric Kwa, said this during the Ceremonial Sitting of the Supreme Court to welcome the Deputy Chief Justice, Ambeng Kandakasi, and permanent Judge to the Supreme and National Courts, Justice Nicholas Miviri.

He said the O’Neill-Abel Government is committed to ensure the justice system is working to create a conducive environment for economic growth.

Practice self-discipline

The service began with the a march from the Boreboa Primary school gates at North Waigani, down to the PNG Bible Church, just before Morata.

Judges, Magistrates, lawyers and staff of the National Judiciary and Magisterial services took time off this morning to open the year 2019 with a dedication service led by Rev. Moresby Tunge.

But before that, an inspection of the guards was done by Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika. This is also his first as the head of the judiciary.

In delivering his keynote address, he stressed on discipline and having strong work ethics.

Judges in human rights workshop

The two-day workshop began today after a similar one was held last week for magistrates in the lower judiciary.

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia, in opening the workshop today, said two issues he hopes will be addressed are skills in dealing with human rights cases and the philosophical underpinnings of human rights.

“There is a wealth of case laws on human rights since Independence on the application, enforcement and protection of human rights under our domestic legal framework.

Four judges sworn in

Acting judges Thomas Anis, Danajo Koeget, Daniel Liosi and Ravunama Auka, today took their Declaration of office, loyalty and Judicial declaration before Governor General Sir Bob Dadea.

They were sworn in by the Governor General as judges of the National and Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea.

Their appointment is for a period of 10 years and was done by the Judicial and Legal Service Commission on November 3.

Early this month, the Judicial and Legal Service Commission also announced the appointment of six other judges.

Judges to increase

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia recently made it known that the aim is to get 80 to 100 judges sitting on the bench by 2020 so that all provinces in the country have a resident judge.

Facilities and manpower go hand in hand in service delivery and the higher judiciary is seeing a lot of development in delivering justice to the people.

Currently there are 39 judges on the bench, an increase of 20 appointments since Sir Salamo became the Chief Justice.   

Miviri sworn in as acting judge

Acting Judge Nicholas Miviri was sworn in by acting Governor General Theo Zurenuoc at the Government House today in the presence of Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia and other judges.  

He will be posted to the Kimbe National Court for a term of 12 months. He joins Justice Ellenas  Batari in the West New Britain Province. 

He is the fifth acting judge currently serving in the National Court. The National and Supreme Court have 35 permanent judges.

Miviri’s appointment was announced on Jan 20, 2017 by Chairman of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission Ano Pala.

Judges swearing in this week

Set for Thursday, the ceremony will see the renewal of three judicial judges and three new judges being  sworn in.

This will see Frazer Pitpit, Hitelai Polume Kiele and Kenneth Frank all being sworn in as judges, adding to a total of 37 for the country.

The appointments of Pitpit, Kiele and Frank by the Attorney General and Chairman of Judicial and Legal Service Commission Ano Pala is for a period of 10 years

Frazer Pitpit is the former Public Solicitor and is from Meli village, Lou Island, Manus Province.