CJ should seek redress in court

Letters, Normal

The National, Thursday 09th Febuary 2012

I AM disappointed with the way the chief justice has responded to the O’Neill-Namah regime’s attempt to rubbish the judiciary’s good name. 
Instead of filing for a proper application in court to have the purported suspension stayed or dismissed, the chief justice simply stayed the suspension himself while presiding in court.
How can that be?
There is clearly a conflict of interest when it comes to dealing with his own case.
Even if he, like many Papua New Guineans, believe that the suspension was unlawful, there are still processes and procedures which he should have followed to have the matter dealt with.
If the rest of us have to follow those processes and make proper applications in court; why not the chief justice?
The judiciary must re­main above all other institutions as being irreproachable and impartial.
In these trying times, Papua New Guineans are crying for true leaders to uphold the Constitution and respect their offices, which they occupy in trust for our sake.
These institutions (the legislative, the judiciary and the executive) are bigger than any one individual and their egos.
Sir Michael Somare’s ouster from parliament was a great example of the fact that our country’s institutions are bigger than any one individual.
The chief justice  must also follow the rules which he has urged others to follow.
Show the people how good leaders, with nothing to fear, respond to petty political threats.
Our courts are there for  the chief justice to seek redress too.

Justice Karange