By Vasinatta Yama – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia, clarified that the Court of Appeal, a bill that was presented in a recent parliamentary sitting, is not a new court.
Sir Salamo said the Court of Appeal would fill the gap in the court structure, making it a three-tier court system.
Once it is passed, the National Court will be the trial court, before all cases will go to the Court of Appeal, and then finally to the Supreme Court, which will be the final court of appeal.
Permanent judges will also service each court. Currently, all judges are servicing both the National and Supreme Courts.
Sir Salamo said the proposal of the bill was there at the time of former Chief Justice, Sir Arnol Amet, in the 1990s.