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Tuesday, 3 May 1932

Mr LYONS - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   Yes. Division 2 of Part III. of the District Courts Ordinance 1924-1927 ordains the limits within which district courts in New Guinea have jurisdiction.

2.   None so far as I am aware, other than the experience acquired in the discharge of their duties as constituent members of courts for native affairs and of district courts. In the selection of officers for appointment as district officer, regard is had to their suitability for the exercise of quasi-judicial functions as well as for the discharge of the administrative duties of the office.

3.   It is not considered that existing circumstances warrant the filling of the position of stipendiary magistrate which became vacant on the death, in June, 1031, of Lieu tenantColonel S. J. Shillington.

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