Waigani Court house

Main court complex construction to start

The Chief Justice gave an update on the progress of the Court complex construction which he is hoping will be completed before the APEC meet in November 2018.

Sir Salamo said he will be making a submission to the government to shorten the construction period because the government budget projection is that the complex will be completed around 2020.

“We are ready to move into construction in March and a small ground breaking will take place,” he said.

This Court complex is one of the major impact projects identified by the government that will cost K680 million.

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.