Judge warns lawyers

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By DEMAS TIEN
A JUDGE has warned lawyers from the Solicitor-General’s Office to do their jobs in court as State lawyers.
It came from Justice Hitelai Polume-Kiele in the Waigani National Court yesterday when telling lawyer Marina Elisha to show course why she should not be charged with contempt for not complying with a court order issued on Feb 3.
Justice Polume-Kiele expressed her disappointment with State lawyers from the Solicitor-General’s Office on their lack of preparedness and lack of communication among themselves before coming to court.
She said State lawyers must always be present in court and were required to sit at the bar table because lawyers for other parties depended on them to prosecute cases.
Justice Polume-Kiele said the court could not adjourn cases because lawyers were absent.
She told lawyers from the Solicitor-General’s Office to communicate with each other.
She told them that if one of them was unable to come to court, he or she should brief one of his or her colleagues on the status of the matter to tell the court.
She said orders would be given to individual lawyers from the Solicitor-General’s Office who were not performing.
She said State lawyers must present in court as other parties depend on them to prosecute cases.

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