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HIGH COURT SEEKS TO STOP DEC 01 SITTING

The Supreme Court is seeking to stay the December 01 parliament sitting before it convenes next Tuesday so it can hear and deliberate first on current proceedings relating to an application by the Opposition challenging the legality of the recalling parliament by Speaker Job Pomat and a decision due to be handed down this week on the constitutionality of the appointment of James Marape as PM in 2019.

Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika was in support of submissions by lawyers representing both sides of the house that the substantive proceedings before this court were volatile in nature and should not be rushed thus asking the Opposition’s lawyers to negotiate with the applicant for the possibility to stay the sitting for a “reasonable amount of time” while court progresses on the hearings.

“The court will adjourn to tomorrow to hear the position of the applicant in relation to the stay and further directions will be given, because time is of the essence,” said Salika.

Lawyer representing the clerk of parliament, Loani Henao said “important constitutional matters needed to be considered in the substantive matters” and should not be rushed in the interest of justice.

The case returns to court for further directions on Thursday 26 November and will be presided by a three-men bench.

Meanwhile outside of the court premises, crowds gathered in numbers awaiting the outcome of the proceedings today while heavy police presence kept them calm.

November 26, 2020