By WATSON GABNA
CHIEF Justice Sir Salamo Injia has challenged Police and Correctional Service officers to maintain a high level of ethical standards in executing their duties.
"Individuals make up the institutions you serve. Your performances uplift the institutions...so maintain a high level of ethical standards in performing your duties," Chief Justice said during the legal year launching at the Cornerstone Gateway Church in Port Moresby.
"Policemen, you are the face of the law and justice sector. And warders, you are the people responsible to process the end product of the justice sector. We expect you to do your jobs well and honestly," the Chief Justice said.
Sir Salamo urged the law enforcers to reassess their abilities and improve their performance to match the sophisticated crime executed by individuals.
"Your minds should not be crowded or influence by bad influence, internal or external. Have a clean mind and a loving heart to serve our people. The crimes are becoming complicated and you need to sharpen up to meet this demand," Justice Injia said.
In addressing the legal fraternity later in the day, Justice Injia urged all those involve in the legal profession to talk less and do more.
"After 35 years, we have been good at talking and slow in putting actions to our words. Let's stop that and start acting now," Chief Justice Injia told those gathered at legal year opening in the Cornerstone Gateway Church.
"Give life to what has been preached," he said.
Reverend Antony Dalaka, General Superintendent of the AOG church in PNG charged the legal officers, including judges, magistrates, principals and lawyers to uphold God's divine calling to perform their duties as stated in the Bible.
"You made your oaths using the Bible and this book should become your point of reference in your duties," Rev. Dalaka said.
"You are the conscience of the little people of this country. Think of an orphan or a widow when you perform your duty," the pastor said.
All the 23 Judges of the National and Supreme Courts have been engaged in a tight work schedule for the year. Chief Justice Injia launched the annual court calendar indicating all court circuits.