Justice Leka Nama Nablu

Funeral for late judge today

The sitting started at 9am before her funeral service at the St Joseph Catholic Church.

The late Justice Nablu will be repatriated to Lae, Morobe Province, on Tuesday. She will be laid to rest at Yalu village on Wednesday.

The late judge passed on in the early hours of Sunday morning, 28th July, in Hong Kong whilst receiving medical treatment. 

Her casket arrived early Saturday morning from Hong Kong.

Chief Justice confirms Judge Nablu’s passing

She died in office whilst serving her first term as a Judge of the National and Supreme Court.

The Chief Justice confirmed the passing of the late Justice Leka Nablu in the early hours of Sunday morning, July 28th, whilst receiving medical treatment in Hong Kong.

The Judiciary is in the process of organising funeral arrangements and repatriation of the body in liaison with the family and will inform the public once the arrangements have been completed.

New judges welcomed in ceremonial sitting

These judges were sworn into office last year.

They are Justice William Neil, Justice Robert Lee Lindsay, Justice Terrence Harold Foulds, Justice Jeffery Leonard Shepherd and female judge Leka Nama Nablu.

Justice William Neil was not present today as he was on medical leave.

A Supreme Court Ceremonial sitting is held every year and these judges were not officially welcomed last year due to the sitting that was held in honour of the late Justice Catherine Anne Davani.

Nablu is fourth female judge appointed

Justice Leka Nama Nablu has been appointed a permanent judge of the National and Supreme Court following her first appointment as an acting judge on June 6, 2014.

She served the judiciary bench for almost two years as an acting judge prior to being appointed a permanent judge. 

Justice Nablu now joins Justice Catherine Davani, Justice Berna Joan Collier and Justice Hitalai Polume as the fourth permanent female judge.

Her appointment was made by the Chairman of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission and Justice Minister Ano Pala on Dec 11, 2015.