Three judges sworn-in

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The National, Monday July 29th, 2013


THREE acting National Court judges have been sworn-in for 12-month terms.

They are Kewai Kawi-iu from Dermibat in Manus, Steven Oli from Irupara village in Rigo, Central, and Regett Marum, from Rabaul in East New Britain.

They have spent more than 30 years each serving in the magistracy.

Marum will be posted to Kundiawa, Kawi-iu to Wabag and Oli to Kokopo.

Oli said it was a great achievement for him and could have not come at a better time.

“This is a professional reward and this is the highest office for me as I have worked for 37 years and went as high as senior magistrate and principal magistrate,” he said.

“It is an important milestone at the pinnacle of my career and it could have not come at a better time.”

Deputy Chief Justice Gibbs Salika said the judges were appointed on merit by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.

“On June 24, the Judicial and Legal Services Commission met and considered applicants for acting judges for 12 months and these three were chosen,” he said.

“They are very senior magistrates who have worked for a very long time and will be promoted if they perform to the expectations of the commission.”