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Court Services to go Rural says Senior Judge

A senior judge in Morobe Province says the National Judicial Services is conscious of the government’s development policy of bringing services to the majority of our people living in the rural areas.

In conjunction with the magistrates, the National Judicial Services has a policy in place to put facilities in every district.

Justice Don Sawong, said for Morobe it means that they will have sub registries in each of the nine districts.

These sub registries will have the necessary logistics, personnel, equipment and the technical know-how. Justice Sawong, said they have already been doing circuits to Bulolo. and Finschhafen Districts.

It is now their intention to extend the service to the other 7 districts.

Sawong also pointed out, that the number of cases coming into the National Court every month is alarming.

But, they are hoping this figure may drop.

The National Judicial Services is planning to build a new regional court complex for the Momase Region. It is estimated to cost about a K100 million.

The new court complex will be built on a portion of land that they have acquired, opposite the Angau Memorial Hospital.

The idea is to have about five National Court Judges, and a Court of Appeals judge based in Lae. When that happens the National Court will move out from the premises.

The old facility will become the magisterial service, where the district court matters will be heard here.

The Morobe Provincial Government  presented K500,000 to Justice Don Sawong, yesterday for the upgrading and renovation of the Lae Court house buildings.

Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru, when presenting the cheque said it is not easy to bring judicial services to the people.

Through the work partnership they have established, it will help to make it easier for some cases to be handled at the district level.

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