By JACOB POK and JULIA DAIA BORE
CHIEF Justice, Sir Salamo Injia has challenged the people to “put words into action”.
“As a citizen, one thing I find about PNG over the last 35 years is that, we are very slow in putting our words into action,” Justice Injia said and encouraged participants to act upon their words.
“Maybe it’s our culture that keeps us the way we are,” he said at the Cornerstone Assemblies of God (AOG) church in Port Moresby yesterday, where the legal fraternity held a church service to begin this year’s legal year.
On the same note, senior lawyer, Stephen Kassman said freedom of speech through media is fundamental and works well with the judiciary.
He said it was the media that brought the rule of law to the wider population of this country and informed the people to uphold the law.
Mr Kassman said the freedom of speech, without fear or favour, was very ultimate and played a big role in the nation.
Justice Injia also announced the release of the new law calendar
for this year, which includes the administrate arrangements and annual planner of the national judiciary.
The calendar provides essential information concerning the court administration to assist law and justice agencies and stakeholders in planning and organising their court-related activities.
Justice Injia said since his appointment in Oct 2008, he had initiated and rationalised some changes to the administration of judiciary and that is “judge base, judged manage and judge controls.”
He said various administrative tasks will be taken up by judges to control the administration of the national judiciary.
“Previously, there has been no clear line of communication between stakeholders and other agencies of the law and justice sector and therefore, this change has been made,” Justice Injia said.
Meanwhile, a pastor yesterday challenged the country’s 23 judges and their co-workers within the judiciary including lawyers within the legal fraternity not to forget the Bible.
“You swore by this book to serve this country and its people in your capacity as judges.
“Don’t you ever forget this book,” senior pastor Tony Dalaka of the Cornerstone AOG church said.
Pastor Dalaka told the judiciary staff and the legal fraternity that he believed that the judiciary was the “foundation of this nation” and the country’s hope lay with them.