Govt wants to improve judicial system: Kwa


THE government is focusing on improving the judicial system through increasing judicial appointments and strengthening village court system, says Secretary for Justice and Attorney-General Dr Eric Kwa.
He said this on Friday as the legal fraternity welcomed new Deputy Chief Justice Ambeng Kandakasi and Justice Nicholas Miviri at Waigani National Court.
“The biggest challenge has always been, and still is, law and order,” Kwa said.
“The rule of law has to be strong for our young country to continue to grow.
“The Government is making investments in the judiciary to create a conducive environment for investment in PNG for economic growth as well.
“We are serious about the need for legal profession to be at high standards.
“My department is working closely with the PNG Law Society in reviewing the Lawyers’ Act to ensure the profession is to a high standard, guiding the courts to make right, fair and just decisions for the
government and citizens who seeks justice.”
Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika acknowledged the appointments and spoke of the journey taken by both men in their careers that had led them to where they were now.
Justice Kandakasi paid tribute to his colleagues and their efforts in helping him carry out his duties as a judge.
He acknowledged the support of family and thanked his children for playing a big part throughout his life and legal career.