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Appointment of extra Judge to Supreme Court of Papua and New Guinea



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DEPARTMENT O

EXTERNAL TERRITORIES FOR PRESS

APPOINTMENT OF EXTRA JUDGE TO SUPREME COURT OF PAPUA AND NEW GUINEA

(Statement by the Minister for External Territories the Hon. C.E. Barnes, M.P.)

The Minister for External Territories, Mr Barnes, today announced the appointment of an additional judge to the Supreme Court of Papua and New Guinea.

Mr Barnes said that the appointment, which will raise the number of judges of the Court from five to six, was intended principally to enable the Court to dispose of a large backlog of land appeals, about half of which affect land in the Gazelle Peninsula.

The new appointment would enable the Supreme Court to sit in Rabaul each month. It is intended that Rabaul should become a major judicial centre.

The new judge is fir Justice W.T. Prentice, M.B.E. Mr Prentice, who is 50, holds a BA LLB from the University of Sydney and is a prominent Sydney barrister. He will take up his appointment at the end of January.

Mr Prentice served in the Territory during the War and recently has maintained his interest in the Territory through the Papua and New Guinea law students visiting Australia under sponsorship of the Law Council.

Mr Barnes said that the appointment was one of several measures being taken to overcome problems identified by the Commission of Inquiry into Local Governhent and other matters in the Gazelle Peninsula.

CANBERRA. A.C.T.

PORT MORESBY. T.P.N.G.

29 December, 1969.