Bidar retiring after 45 years of service

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By BOURA GORUKILA
PRINCIPAL Magistrate Cosmas Bidar is retiring after 45 years of serving in the Magisterial Services.
Bidar, 65, of Bosmun village in Bogia, Madang, joined the Magisterial Services in 1975 – two months before the country became independent on Sept 15, 1975.
He is currently serving in the magistrate courts in Waigani.
He started as a magistrate in Kainantu, Eastern Highlands when he was only 23 in July 1975.
“It’s now July (2020) – 45 years,” he said.
“My first posting was Kainantu after graduating from the Administrative College in Port Moresby (now PILAG) as a magistrate.
“I travelled throughout the country, except North Solomons (now the Autonomous Region of Bougainville).
“I worked at Alotau, then to Vanimo, to Green River, to Oksapmin, to Bolubolu, to Misima, to Lousia in Milne Bay – everywhere – Kerema, Daru, Kikori, Balimo.
“It has been an interesting journey.”
He said all senior magistrates then were Europeans.
“Peter O’Neill’s father, Brian O’Neill, was my boss in Kainantu when I was first posted there,” he said. “He initially came in as a kiap as a patrol officer and he subsequently became a resident magistrate. So he was my boss in 1975 and 1976 in Kainantu.
“Those days, we had magistrates in all the districts. Today we don’t have the manpower. It is only the provincial centres which have magistrates.
“We had magistrates in all districts. Services were provided for the people.”

9 comments

  • Congratulation on your retirement and some of us really appreciate your professional career as a Magistrate in the Waigani Committal courts who handles court cases with out fear or favor. I personally liked all your case hearings and you have made sound judgments and we now need some new judges who must follow your foot steps and uphold the integrity and the rule of law and not biased judgments. Once again we salute you and may the good Lord bless and guide you as you continue your endeavors in the near future.

  • congratulation to your retirement and be proud that you have served this nation.

    Mum, hope you will be in good health in coming times and be the agent for today generation to serve in judicial department.

  • Mot, thank you for your dedicated service rendered selflessly to our nation for the last 45 years. Congratulations on your retirement You did us the people of Bosmun village and Bogia District absolutely proud. Your experiences and wisdom is surely an asset to our people. Every blessing in your future endeavor.

  • Congratulations Chief. Thank you for your great service to the country over the last 45 years. Thank you for sharing your valuable experience and embracing the advances in knowledge, science and the law which should inform court decisions in addition to solid facts and evidence. May you enjoy your retirement and be spoiled by your family after all these years of selfless service to country. May God richly bless and keep you.

  • Congratulation are in order champ. You have passionately served the country with pride and dignity. we appreciate for all the services that you brought through put the country. your stories will live forever in the hearts of all your friends, family and mostly your college your spent most time in delivering services. God richly bless you and your family.

  • I personally want to thank Your honor, for your 45 years of magisterial service to the Independent State of PNG. I admired your decisions on a number of cases you have handled. You have been my mentor in realizing the fruit of making true judgment in office. When you make sound judgment and decisions, I praise God that such a man of God exist in the PNGs judiciary. You are truly God’s representative. Honest citizens will miss you. Those who hate you will celebrate your departing. Do not close your chapter, live for Jesus Christ.

  • Congratulations……… GOD knows your services for your country. We wishe you and your family all the best.
    It is time to rest fromall your hard work but we hope your presence to your junnior magistrates will definitely miss you.

    BEST WISHES

  • A living legend! Hats off to you sir, for your years of service and contribution to PNG’s judiciary. God bless and well wishes in your retirement!

  • NAMAKAR ARUAM, YOU HAVE DONE WELL BY SERVING THE NATION AND PEOPLE OF PNG WITH ALL YOUR HEART. YOU HAVE GIVEN YOUR BEST WITH THE SPECIAL GIFT OF PASSING RIGHTFUL JUDGEMENTS IN YOUR 45 YEARS CAREER. YOU HAVE REPRESENTED YOUR FAMILY, THE BOSMUN AND THE BOGIA INCLUDING THE MADANG PROVINCE WELL. INFACT I BELIEVE, YOU WERE ONCE SERVING ON THE BENCH AS AN ACTING JUDGE. WE TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT. IT IS TIME TO TAKE A WORTHWHILE REST.. AS YOU HAVE DONE WELL WITH YOUR OTHER FELLOW JUDICIAL JUDGES AND MAGISTRATES FROM BOGIA DISTRICT… WE SALUTE YOU…

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