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Commonwealth judges, magistrates pick PNG for their meeting

PAPUA New Guinea will host the 19th Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association Conference in Port Moresby next year.
Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia announced this at the 18th conference in Brisbane on Tuesday.
He said the theme of the conference will be “Parliamentary democracy and the role of the judiciary”. It will be from Sept 8 to 12.
“I would like to thank the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association for choosing PNG as the host of the 19th CMJA meeting,” he said.
“We will ensure that PNG does everything possible to ensure the delegates’ stay in Port Moresby is both pleasant and an enjoyable one.”
Sir Salamo said the decision was an acknowledgement of the country’s fledgling democracy, as well as the robustness and independence of its judiciary.
“It is worth noting that PNG becomes only the third in the Oceania region, apart from Australia and New Zealand, to host this auspicious conference where chief justices, chief magistrates, high court judges and senior magistrates across the Commonwealth group of nations are in attendance,” he said.
Sir Salamo said he would convene a meeting of his organising committee to start the planning process for the conference.
“As it will be considered a national event, I intend to invite several government departments and agencies to help us plan and stage it,” he said.
He was was in Brisbane with several senior judicial officials.

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