Dingake discusses judicial accountability

Justice Dingake
Justice Dingake

A Paper delivered by Hon. Justice Professor Key Dingake at a Conference of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association recently at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

I am very pleased and honoured to stand before you to share my thoughts on the topic of judicial accountability. I express my sincere gratitude to the Secretariat of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges' Association for their kind invitation.

Before, I delve into the topic of today, I beg your indulgence to digress for a minute or so. In January, 2018, I set out to travel to Papua New Guinea to take up an appointment as a judge of the Supreme and National Courts of Papua New Guinea (PNG) . It was in many ways a leap of faith. I had just known, a few months before my departure, that there is a country called PNG. That illustrates how bad my geography was! Some of my colleagues and friends thought that I was out of my mind. They could only say to me “make sure you come back alive”. Another friend actually suggested I should not end up in the pot. My kids, ever forward looking, would say in a chorus: “Go dad, go”!

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