Law & Order

Court advocacy skills of lawyers strengthened through training

More than 40 lawyers from the Office of the Public Prosecutor (OPP) and Public Solicitor’s Office (PSO) are better equipped to represent their clients after undertaking a five-day Criminal Law Advocacy Workshop to strengthen Papua New Guinea’s criminal justice system. The course covered topics such as case preparation, presenting arguments and evidence, examining witnesses and making sentencing submissions. It also included practice trials and interactive sessions on criminal law practice

PNG crime fighters trained in latest fraud and corruption investigation techniques

THE Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary is boosting its efforts to crackdown on financial crimes in Papua New Guinea. By the end of the year, almost 80 police officers will have received specialist training in investigation and prosecution of fraud and corruption. The RPNGC Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate is conducting the Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions course nationally. The training was held for 28 officers from the New Guinea Islands Region

PNG to crack down on firearm possession

People illegally using or possessing firearms will face jail terms of up to ten years and fines of up to K10,000 under strict new laws to be presented to Parliament in April. PNG Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has announced that the National Executive Council has formally endorsed amendments to the Firearms Act that will increase penalties for offenders, and will work with the Government’s commitment to modernise the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary. In making

PM highlights importance of civil society in UN meeting

The strengthen of the relationship between Government and civil society in Papua New Guinea has been highlighted during a visit by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, H.E. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. Meeting with the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, the UN High Commissioner noted discussions he had held with members of the Papua New Guinea civil society during his visit, and the positive impression this had left with him. PM O’Neill thanked the High Commissioner for

Eluh appointed to restore order in Southern Highlands

PAPUA New Guinea’s National Executive Council (NEC) has appointed Thomas Eluh as Acting Provincial Administrator for Southern Highlands Province to restore confidence in the resource rich area. PNG Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill CMG MP, said strong and capable leadership is required to overcome a number of challenges that have emerged in the region. A distinguished officer of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, Mr Eluh, has been tasked to engage

Legal trainees boost skills through advocacy workshop

Seventy-four law students from the Legal Training Institute refined their courtroom skills with some of Australia’s top legal experts last month. The students worked with 11 members of the Victorian Bar to enhance their criminal litigation and advocacy skills, practising in mock court exercises to make submissions on behalf of clients, lead evidence and cross-examine witnesses. Clarissa Laimo, a legal trainee from Buin in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, wants

Frieda River funding dispute goes to the courts

Highlands Pacific Limited has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Highlands Frieda Limited and its Frieda River project joint venture partner Frieda River Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of PanAust Limited), have commenced arbitration proceedings to resolve a dispute regarding funding of project expenditures. Highlands Frieda Limited and Frieda River Limited are in dispute regarding the parties’ obligations under the joint venture agreement, including whether Highlands is obliged to commence funding of

PNG Law graduates enhance skills through Australian partnership

NINETY Papua New Guinean law graduates recently sharpened their skills with some of Australia’s top legal experts last week, in a special partnership between the Legal Training Institute (LTI), the Bar Association of Queensland and the Australian Government. For the fourth consecutive year, members of the Queensland Bar have volunteered their time and experience to training law graduates in a week long program.  The students practiced their commercial litigation and

New paper says Rice Import Quota could be “discriminatory, unfair and anti-competitive

THE PNG National Research Institute (PNG NRI) believes elements of a Government proposal to establish a rice import quota system is “discriminatory, unfair and anti-competitive.” Releasing its latest Spotlight article, “Rice Import Quota System in Papua New Guinea: Issues and Policy Options” (Volume 9, Issue 7), the PNG NRI also raised concerns about the lack of information that has been made available on the proposal. “The fact that the proposed

PNG tourism act reviewed for an update

A REVIEW of the Tourism Promotion Authority Act (1993) was conducted by the Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA) in March at the Lamana Hotel located in Port Moresby. The Tourism Promotion Authority Act is the organisation’s governing statute. PNGTPA said the Tourism Promotion Authority Act review was the final in a series of regional workshops conducted in Kokopo, Mount Hagen and Madang last year. At the workshop recommendations