Judge gives lawyer a blasting
A LAWYER representing a losing candidate in an election petition at the Waigani National Court was yesterday blasted by presiding judge Justice Mark Sevua for not filling the right forms when submitting his candidate’s petition.
He was ordered to ensure that the right form for election petition was filled, filed and registered at the National Court registry as required by law by close of business yesterday afternoon as non-compliance would mean the petition would be thrown out.
Justice Sevua also told private lawyer Patrick Harricknen representing losing candidate Gabriel Dusava in his petition against Yangoru-Saussia MP Peter Wararu Waranaka that “copying the form and filling it out” was simple enough task.
“What is the problem with complying with this simple rule? You don’t need a law degree to comply with this simple rule,” he said, adding that he would “not tolerate” this oversight leading to non-compliance by lawyers.
Justice Sevua said that workshops were held in June on election petition issues and there was no exception for any lawyers to make simple mistakes.
The court ordered Mr Harricknen and his client to fill the right form and file it.
The matter will return on Oct 18 for the pre-trial conferencing.