PNG Court Staff, Judges Undergo Training On Election Petitions, Court Management

Week-long training happens yearly

By Nellie Setepano

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, July 12, 2017) – Both Supreme and National Court staff, including judges, are currently undergoing a week-long training on election petitions, and information technology-based court management system.

As a result of the workshop, those persons who have listed cases for trial and hearing this week, have been asked to seek further advice from the judges’ associates on the dates of their cases.

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia said at the Gateway Hotel workshop this week that there will be no judges sitting for any case, but there is standby arrangement if the urgency arises.

Sir Salamo said the court will be using the new National Court Election Petition Rules 2017, and have done away with the National Court Election Rules 2002.

“People have been made aware of the new rules, and the courts stand ready to implement,” he said.

On the database, Sir Salamo said the provision of accurate, liable and credible, court information is necessary and an integral part of our work because the high court is a court of records and information, gathering and storage and processing of that information is part and partial of the court. He said there are seven databases that the judiciary operates and using advanced technology database such as the election petition data base, that has been operating since 2007.

Among others is the integrated criminal justice system which is able to track cases from point of arrest to point of sentencing.

The workshop is an annual event.

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