Courts Not Active in Developing Underlying Law

There is a low volume of cases that involvethe Underlying Law ofthe country.


Chief Justice Sir SalamoInjia made this remarks duringthe opening ofthe two day conference on Underlying Law in Port Moresby yesterday.

Sir Salamo saysthe courts have not been active inthe last two decades in developingthe Underlying Law ofthe country.


The Supreme Court is responsible for the development ofthe Underlying Law, but this has not beenthe case.


Chief Justice Sir SalamoInjia in his keynote address says Judges need to be proactive in this approach.


A contributing factor affectingtheir performance isthe lack of funds,Injia says.


He called onthe government to provide adequate funds inthe judiciary budget to recruit more judges.


He saysthe reduced judiciary budget estimates from annual reports is unconstitutional, as prior to any reductionthe executive government must first advice parliament.


Bet he says, withthe current growth ofthe economy at five to eight per cent per annum,the government’should not reducetheir judiciary budget.

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