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Issue 15: December 2006
Advocacy Seminars in Papua New Guinea Print E-mail

Last month Mal Varitimos and I presented seminars in advocacy to lawyers in Papua New Guinea. We did so at the invitation of the Law Society of Papua New Guinea.

The first seminar was conducted in Lae on Friday, 17 November, and the second in Port Moresby on Saturday, 18 November.

 Mal’s sessions were entitled “Etiquette and Ethics” and “Appellate Advocacy”. I gave sessions on “Trial Preparation” and “Trial Advocacy”.

Over 40 lawyers attended the sessions in Lae. Almost every lawyer practising in the Lae area attended. The conference was officially opened by Justice Kirriwom.

His Honour is the resident National and Supreme Court Judge in Lae. As Lae is something of a “trouble spot”, the practitioners there are rarely graced by visiting speakers. As a result, they were extremely appreciative of the seminar, and sought many autographs and photographs.

The photographs that accompany this article were taken in Lae.

Over 100 lawyers attended the Port Moresby sessions. The profession in Papua New Guinea is not a divided profession, and there are no specialist advocates. Most of the admitted lawyers appear in court from time to time.

Overseas barristers are still permitted to appear in the courts of Papua New Guinea and to do so, they must be admitted in Papua New Guinea, hold a current practising certificate, and have a certificate from the Attorney-General expressly authorising them to appear in the case.

John Griffin QC

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