Funding delay holds up court complex

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By DEMAS TIEN
THE National Judicial Service is still waiting for the first K80 million allocated this year by the Government for the construction of a new court complex in Waigani.
National Judicial Service Secretary Jack Kariko said after the signing of the contract between the State and contractor China Railway Construction Engineering in June, the judiciary was concentrating on building temporary court buildings and administration blocks.
Kariko said the temporary court buildings were about to be completed and the judiciary staff, including the Waigani District Court and its staff, were expected to move into the temporary buildings at the end of this year and early next year.
He said the construction of the court complex would proceed as soon as the Government released the funding. He said the timeline for the construction of the complex was three to four years, depending on the availability of funds.
The Government will provide K80 million each year until the project is completed.
“The court complex is a priority for the judiciary and the government. It’s a matter of time for the funding to be made available and then we can start,” Kariko said.
“We are now in the process of getting staff to move into the temporary administration block.
“Courtrooms six and seven (of the National and Supreme Courts) will be operated in the new temporary court room starting next year.”
The complex, which will hold 14 courtrooms, judges’ chambers, holding cells and other support services, is expected to be completed by 2018.

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