by Delly Waigeno – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Robert Lee Lindsay was sworn in today following his appointment as a Judge of the National Court and Supreme Court of Justice in PNG.
Lindsay’s appointment brings the number of permanent judges in PNG to 36.
Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia, said Judge Lindsay’s appointment is timely, and will help increase the delivery of justice services in the country.
He was sworn in at Government House this morning, after reciting and signing the Declaration of Office, Declaration of Loyalty, and the Judicial Declaration.
From Goodenough Island in Milne Bay province, Judge Lindsay graduated from the University of Papua New Guinea’s School of Law in 2000, and was admitted to the bar the following year.
Judge Lindsay has practiced law for 14 years, mostly in private practice, working his way up to be a partner. He’s also served two years as an associate to a judge. He has appeared in numerous civil matters before the higher courts.
Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia, said there are now 40 judges in PNG; 36 permanent judges and four in acting position. He said Judge Lindsay’s appointment is a significant re-enforcement in judicial service delivery.
Sir Salamo said Judge Lindsay will be posted to Mount Hagen as its third resident judge.
Another Judge, Australian William Neil, was also appointed a term of three years as a National and Supreme Court Judge. He will be sworn in next month.