Waigani Supreme Court

Supreme Court hears VONC

When hearing the matter today, the Presiding Judge Justice Derek Hartshorn ordered the Speaker and the Attorney General to submit their application by Friday 14th of June 2024.

Hartshorn adjourned the matter to June 18th for a hearing.

The lawyer representing the Opposition, Philip Tabuchi said because the Speaker and the Attorney General were named as interested parties to the reference, the Court has ordered them to file and serve the replications to intervene in the case.

Review application against Daki dismissed

When filling his application on November 30 2023, petitioner Paul Mawa submitted that his petition in the National Court was dismissed by Judge Jacinta Murry in Mt Hagan National Court on Nov 21 2023 due to objection of competency.

However, according to Mawa the decision was made without determining its merit.

Supreme Court refuses Mokono’s appeal

Single man presiding Judge Justice Derek Hartshorn refused to grant stay orders after he was not convinced by Mr. Mokono’s “arguable grounds” presented by his lawyer, Wesley Bigi of Henao Lawyers.

However, Justice Hartshorn acknowledged the appeal by Mr Mokono that will come before the Supreme Court for substantive hearing on a date soon to be set. 

NHC boss appeals for stay order

He is appealing the decision of Deputy Chief Justice, Justice Ambeng Kandakasi of April 28, 2023 in a “Ex tempore” judgement brought on as a judicial review by one Elizabeth Bowada which challenged the “appointment process” that installed him as NHC MD.

His lawyer, Wesley Bigi of Henao Lawyers said: “The appeal for stay is to maintain the status quo and to ensure there is continuity in the management of the affairs of the NHC.”