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Papua New Guinea

Magistrate fires broadside at people wasting the courts time

A District Court in Western Highlands province has urged people to understand the court process before filing their cases for hearing.

Mt Hagen district court magistrate Jacinta Doa said many people don’t seem to understand the basic court process and thus cause inconvenience in the court house. Mrs Doa said some people waste the court’s time when their cases are being deferred. She said this when deferring a number of land dispute cases after noting a lack of quorum.

She said when a person is serious about his or her case to be heard in court, they must attend court hearings so that their cases will be heard and dealt with.”But from my observation, I can see that some of you are not ready, you just come here sitting dreaming away. “If you know that your case is to be heard, then the defendant and the plaintiff must come with all their witness. “This would make it easy for the court to hear the case and hand down a decision. And if it means to adjourn, then the court will do so,’’she said.

Mrs Doa said especially in land disputed cases, many were being deferred just because of lack of land mediators and witnesses. She said for land matters, inspection should be done first before such a particular case could be heard in the court. Mrs Doa said land mediators were the key people on the ground and they should be present in the court room so that they can help the court to reach decisions. She also said if a person is appealing for a decision, he or she should be responsible to bring all the land mediators to the court room.

Meanwhile, magistrate Donald Joseph has upheld the decision of Tarangau village court to dissolve a marriage of a couple yesterday. Mr Donald separated Piamin Etni and Roselyn Paso.

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