Sunday, February 7, 2010
New Chief Magistrate takes office
CHIEF Justice, Sir Salamo Injia has urged those in the legal fraternity keep within the context of the law when dealing with their cases.
The Chief Justice made this call when formally welcoming the new Chief Magistrate, Jack Avi Agust in Port Moresby this week.
"Start with the law and finish with the law," said the Chief Justice.
The Chief Justice said, often times, those in the legal fraternity want to interpret the law in their own ways. He said, practices and attitudes of the people changes but the law always remain. As such, it is imperative that those dealing with the law must stick within the confines of the laws.
The Chief Justice also called on the lower judiciary to forge a good working relationship with the higher courts of the land to administer justice properly. Sir Salomo said, over the last 10 years, the lower courts have been operating in isolation from the higher courts.
"We must cooperate in some areas that need urgent attention of the judiciary. We must take stock of how things are done in the last ten years and work together to deliver the highest standard of justice to our people," the Chief Justice said.
The new Chief Magistrate, Jack Avu August hailed from Bialla in West New Britain Province. He has served the lower judiciary for the last 24 years until his appointment recently.