The Governor General of Papua New Guinea today officiated at the first ever virtual swearing in ceremony at Government House.
The virtual swearing in ceremony was for two judges to the Supreme and National Courts of Justice.
Berna Joan Collier for a period of 1 year commencing on the date of declaration of Office before the Governor General; and Justice John Alexander Logan also for a period of 1 year, commencing on the date of Declaration before the Governor General.
Justices Collier and Logan recited before the Governor General the Declaration of Office, Declaration of Loyalty and Judicial Declaration.
Justice Collier is in Cairns, and Justice Logan, Brisbane, Australia. Due to COVID19 restrictions, both judges were unable to return to PNG to be sworn-in in person, hence the virtual swearing in ceremony which was organized by the Office of the Chief Justice Sir Gibuma Gibbs Salika. PNG’s Consul-General in Brisbane Mr. Jimmy Ovia was present with Justice Logan and Honorary Consul in Cairns Mr. Luke Kulimbao attended with Justice Collier.
Following the virtual swearing in ceremony, the Governor General officiated at the swearing in of Taunamo Micah Rei as an acting judge of the National Court of Justice for a term of 12 months, and Jack Kariko as Secretary of the National Judicial Staff Services, for a term of three (3) years. Acting Judge Rei and Secretary Kariko were present in person at the swearing in ceremony.
The swearing in ceremony today ended with the presentation of the 2019 Annual Rreport of the National Judiciary Service by Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika to the Governor General. The Annual Report will be forwarded to the National Parliament for presentation by the Speaker of Parliament.