Sir Gibbs Salika

Judge Refuses To Preside Over Matter

The appeal is against the National Court decision that nullified the appointment of David Manning as Commissioner of Police, and Secretary to the then Department of Police.

He revealed this to the parties this morning in court. Sir Gibbs said his decision was for transparency sake and to avoid bias after his wife had informed him that Commissioner Manning had invited her for coffee last week.

The Chief Justice said the meeting between Commissioner Manning and his spouse took place at Brian Bell Home Centre where his wife happened to be doing shopping.

2021 Legal Year Opens

He made this remarks during the opening of the 2021 Legal year dedication service at the Koki SDA church in Port Moresby.

The Judiciary, correctional services and members of entire Justice Sector gathered at the Koki SDA Church in Port Moresby for the dedication service to mark the opening of the 2021 legal year.

Bad weather prevented the usual parade or march by members of the legal fraternity.

In his address, Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika who assumed the role as Chief Justice in 2018 says there have been significant reforms in the Judiciary since taking office.

Court to proceed with hearing submissions

Ialibu Pangia MP and former Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is seeking the court's clarification, after Speaker of Parliament deemed the adjournment of Parliament to the 1st of December, illegal.

Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika yesterday asked both parties to assist the courts in solving this urgent constitutional matter by consulting their clients and negotiate with each other on an agreed date for Parliament to resume.

PNG Judiciary to utilise satellite

Chief Justice, Sir Gibbs Salika, announced that on Monday evening (US EST).

The Kacific1 communications satellite, built by Boeing, was launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket to geostationary orbit from SpaceX facilities in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. The Judiciary will be utilising the satellite for free on net voice calling, video conferencing and high speed internet data.

Chief Justice files complaint against Police Minister

In his letter to the acting Police Commissioner, dated November 11th, Chief Sir Gibbs Salika said his complaint is against Kramer’s post on Facebook relating to his role in referring a matter for Justice Nicholas Miviri to deal with “in relation to an application for interim stay of a warrant of arrest by the Waigani District Court to arrest” Peter O’Neill.

“His article on the Facebook page is inciting trouble or tending to cause trouble or ill-feeling among people,” wrote the Chief Justice.

Chief Justice calls for domestic peace laws

Speaking at the 2019 Pacific Leaders Summit for Peace in Sydney, Australia, the Chief Justice said this will ensure that the push for an international law to promote peace works.

The Chief Justice was among several Pacific Island leaders who attended the Summit, as part of the Heavenly Culture, World Peace, and Restoration of Light (HWPL) 30th World Peace Tour.

The 2019 Pacific Leaders Summit for Peace was held at the New South Wales Parliament House in Sydney.

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.

New Chief Justice sworn in

Following his appointment on November 13, Sir Gibbs took his oath into office at the Government house, in the presence of Vanuatu’s Chief Justice, a judge from New Zealand’s Supreme Court and other judges from the PNG Judiciary.  

The longest serving judge of PNG’s National and Supreme Courts was sworn in today as the seventh Chief Justice, for a term of 10 years.

Sir Gibbs Salika is from the South Fly district of Western Province. He was born on August 11 1955.

Sir Gibbs Salika appointed as Chief Justice

In making the announcement of Justice Salika’s appointment, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill thanked outgoing Chief Justice, Sir Salamo lnjia for his decade of service to the nation in the position.

He said as Papua New Guinea continues to develop and the economy expand, the appointment was a very good decision to ensure the strength and vitality of the judiciary.

“Justice Salika is the longest serving judge of the National and Supreme Courts and will be a strong and independent Chief Justice of Papua New Guinea.

Sir Gibbs is acting Chief Justice

Sir Salamo Injia's term as Chief Justice of Papua New Guinea ended 31 October, and with the vacancy in office, his deputy, Sir Gibbs, is now acting in the position.

Registrar of the Supreme and National Court Ian Augerea, in a notice issued November 1, 2018, said Sir Gibbs Salika is acting Chief Justice until further notice.

The Judicial and Legal Services Commission and NEC is yet to make an announcement on a permanent appointment.

Sir Salamo was appointed Chief Justice in 2008 for a period of 10 years.