A fully equipped National and District Court complex has been opened in Popondetta, greatly improving access to justice for the people in Oro Province.
The refurbished court was opened as part of a K450, 000 package to the province under the PNG-Australia Law and Justice Partnership.
Australia’s High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Deborah Stokes, said Australia is proud to have invested in the facility as it would increase the sittings and circuits of the courts. Two courts can sit simultaneously in comfortable courtrooms.
The work included refurbishing three court rooms with air conditioning and furniture and installation of a standby generator.
“Australia has been working with PNG to achieve a just, safe and secure society for all Papua New Guineans for over 15 years,” said Ms Stokes.
“This facility will go a long way to improving access to justice for the people of Oro Province, which is fundamental to PNG’s economic and social development.”