Davani laid to rest at 9-Mile Cemetery


THE country’s first woman judge Justice Catherine Anne Davani was buried at the 9-Mile Cemetery in the National Capital District yesterday.
Fellow judges, including the Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia and Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika, family members, relatives and staff of the National Judiciary Service were at the funeral.
Justice Davani was serving her second term as judge of the National and Supreme Courts when she passed away on Nov 4 while undergoing medical treatment for cancer in Brisbane.
She was born on June 3, 1960, at Wau in Bulolo district, Morobe, where her father John Kodana was a policeman.
She was from Dorom village in Rigo, Central.
After completing her secondary education at Kerevat National High School in East New Britain in 1977, she enrolled at the University of PNG to study law in 1978.
She graduated with a law degree in 1982 and proceeded to complete her legal training at the Legal Training Institute in 1984.
She was admitted to the bar as a lawyer in Nov 1984.
She began her career as a lawyer with the Office of the Public Solicitor where she specilised in civil litigation work.
Her enthusiasm in her profession saw her attending a post-graduate study at the University of Sydney in 1987 and 1988 and she obtained a Masters degree in lLaw.
She practiced law and specilised in civil and commercial litigation with a number of established law firms in the country between 1990 and 2000.
She was appointed by the Judicial and Legal Services in March 2001 as the first female judge of the National and Supreme Courts where she served until her untimely death.

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