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Jema Lawyers in 2021


Marape Reveals UBS players

Post Courier published February 22, 2021

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By TREVOR WAHUNE

PRIME Minister James Marape has called on all major players involved in the processing of the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) loan of K3 billion in 2014 to come forward to assist the commission of inquiry, inquiring in to the process of how it was obtained.

He told the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the UBS loan, chaired by former chief justice Sir Salami Injia after giving his evidence, that people that should be questioned were Secretary for Treasury Dairi Vele, Governor for Bank of Papua New Guinea Loi Bakani, former Oil Search managing director Peter Botten, then minister for petroleum and energy William Duma, and then sidelined minister for treasury Don Polye.

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Major players in UBS loan urged to aid inquiry

By TREVOR WAHUNE

PRIME Minister James Marape has urged major players involved in the processing of the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) loan of K3 billion in 2014 to come forward to assist the commission of inquiry, inquiring in to the process of how it was obtained.

He told the commission chaired by former chief justice, Sir Salamo Injia, that the key people who should  be questioned were the Secretary for Treasury Dairi Vele, Bank of Papua New Guinea Loi Bakani, former Oil Search managing director Peter Botten, then minister for petroleum and energy William Duma, and then sidelined minister for treasury Don Polye.

Mr Marape, who was assisted by lawyer McRonald Nale of Jema Lawyers, told the inquiry in Port Moresby that the composition of the body of ministers and those responsible for vetting for the government’s consideration under the Independent Business Management and Corporations of Papua New Guinea Act (IPBC Act), was never consulted.

He said at the time there was no policy in place that would have provided him and other ministers grounds to support the obtaining of the loan.

Mr Marape said even the Union Bank of Switzerland should come forward to clarify who they consulted to fast track the formalities.

“I was only made aware of the then-prime minister’s (Peter O’Neill) motive at the time to obtain the loan through a notice on March 6, 2014”, he said. “Why I say we should ask the UBS to assist the inquiry is because their submission was the fastest to be processed from all other submission of such nature.

“Oil Search should also be questioned for urging the PNG Government to purchase their shares using monies from the UBS loan.”

Mr Marape said although he might have had a role in implementing the loan through the endorsing of documents, “the finance minister sits at the back, and such dealings involving large amounts of monetary transactions are handled by the Department of Treasury, and I was only there to sign after everything had been compiled.

“Therefore my involvement was minimal or nil,” he said.

“If Cabinet had met, I would have concrete evidence of the government’s decision, however, the decision to secure the loan was made by Mr O’Neill, who was on his feet in Parliament, through an oral conversation with the Speaker of Parliament when answering questions put to him by Chuave MP Wera Mori.

“Therefore, I was only part of the course, and not the cause.

“The right person to consult at the time was then-minister for treasury Don Polye, who opposed the loan’s submission, and was sacked for doing so.

“In doing so, the country at the time lost 2-3 US$2-3bn.”

Mr Marape said he would be filing an additional affidavit on his next appearance on July 23.


Sawa Wins Election Petition

Post Courier published February 16, 2021

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By TREVOR WAHUNE

Robert Sawa, who is the member-elect for the Hagogohe constituency in Bougainville will remain as the constituency’s member in the Bougainville House of Representatives following a National Court decision yesterday that dismissed an election petition challenging his win.

Justice Colin Makail, in the Buka National Court yesterday, dismissed the petition led by candidate Christopher Ketsore that raised allegations of bribery, undue influence, illegal practice and errors and omissions against Mr Sawa during the 2020 Autonomous Bougainville Government elections last year.

This followed a hearing on its objections to competencies last Friday, after the court upheld submissions from the respondent (Mr Sawa), and the Bougainville Electoral Commission, through lawyer Simon Dewe of Jema lawyers, who told the court that the facts of the allegations raised in the petition were not pleaded with sufficient evidence.  

Justice Makail in his ruling held that the petitioner failed to plead material facts “in that he failed to plead the total number of ballot papers counted in the particular disputed ballot box 021C and how the ballot papers would have affected the winning margin as a result of an alleged act of double voting”. Meanwhile, the same court refused an application for an objection to competency for a petition led by candidate Huert Matara that challenged the win of member for Peit constituency Bernard Bobos.

The petition styled EP No. 1 of 2020, will proceed to trial in Buka National Court today.


Six Bouganville Election Petitions Dismissed

Post Courier published February 15, 2021

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By TREVOR WAHUNE and ROMALIUS MASIU

Six out of nine election petitions led by aggrieved candidates of the 2020 Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) elections, have so far been dismissed by the Buka, and Waigani National Courts.

This follows two recent judgments by Justice Colin Makail in the Buka National Court last Friday that dismissed two petitions.

One was a petition led by candidate Cosmas Sohia, who was challenging the win of John Ragu, for the Tsitalato constituency.

The other petition also dismissed on Friday was led by candidate Henry Monei, who was challenging the win of Jacob To’oke, for the Baubake constituency seat, while the other four petitions led by candidates challenging Atolls constituency member Raymond Masono, Makis constituency member Junior Tumare, Tonsu constituency member Ezekiel Massat, and Ramu constituency member Thomas Pataaku, were dismissed earlier in the Waigani National Court.

All nine petitions led, raised various allegations of bribery, undue inuence, illegal practice and errors and omissions.

The six petitions were dismissed following applications made by way of objections to their competencies that were led by the Bougainville electoral commission, through lawyers Simon Dewe, and Donald Kints, of Jema Lawyers.

The remaining three petitions that are still on foot are those of Peit, Hagogohe, and Kopi constituencies.

Applications of objections to competencies for both Peit and Hagogohe constituencies were moved before Justice Makail last Friday, and have been adjourned to Monday (today), for their judgments to be handed down, while the petition for the Kopi Constituency still awaits a hearing on its objections to competency, and is listed to be heard on February 23 in the Waigani National Court.

Meanwhile, Justice Makail, when delivering his ruling on the petition for Tsitalato Constituency raised concerns that election petitions were serious matters and that the petitioners should prosecute their petitions with due diligence because it challenges the will of the majority of the people.

Bougainville Electoral Commissioner George Manu expressed satisfaction after the sixth petition was dismissed.

He acknowledged the rights of the petitioners who challenged the elections, without commenting on the merits of the pending petitions.

He also maintained that “despite the challenges faced, the recent Bougainville elections was a free and fair election.”


Jema Lawyer in 2020

Jema Lawyers celebrate 6th Annual Christmas Party

Over the years, the firm’s end of year celebrations has built a reputation of being the most fun-filled event of the year- and this year did not disappoint!

On Saturday 5 December 2020, Jema Lawyers enjoyed its 6th Annual Christmas Party. As the 9am Saturday sun burned staunchly over the Royal Papua Yacht Club the staff and their guests trooped onto the K20 for a private cruise to Fisherman Island.

Jema Lawyers especially extends a hearty thanks to SportFishing Papua New Guinea for their swift service on short notice.

The day was spent with games on the beach and water sports, followed by lunch on the yacht. The afternoon return cruise docked at the Yacht Club shortly after 2pm where everyone then commuted to the Airways Hotel for check-in and some rest before the second part of the program.

At 7pm, the evening kicked off at the hotel’s Bacchus Restaurant one of PNG’s finest dining experiences. Although everyone had earned themselves a dark tan; the atmosphere was merry and bright! Even some hidden talents were revealed as some of the staff took the stage with special performances.

Speaking at the dinner, Principal, McRonald Nale reminded his team to perfect the brand. “…we must remember to be client focused – result driven.  We must make that our brand so that our clients know-when they want results; they come to us…”.

Insomnia band serenaded the room as the buffet opened. There was plenty to go around and even some dancing before the staff and their guests retired to their hotel rooms.

Office Manager, Velma Ninjipa remarked “…Our staff work hard all throughout the year so our Christmas parties are a time to thank them and their families for their commitment and hard work…” 

Breakfast was served the next morning at the Vue Restaurant and Lounge Bar before the program came to a close.

Photos by Jerry Albaniel.


LTI trainees gain hands on work experience at Jema Lawyers

I applied to Jema Lawyers because it’s a local firm that is currently leading and setting an exemplary reputation for successfully delivering results for its clients…” Keisha Nete recalled.

Sussie Gigmai added, “… it’s a locally owned firm that produces best results, therefore I was curious to know the firm and at least be a part of it”.

Work Attachment is a course in the Legal Training Institute (LTI) curriculum, which Jema Lawyers supports each year. In accordance with the LTI academic calendar, each year, trainees apply to law firms or offices and upon acceptance, commence work attachment. They are then assessed on their performance and graded.

From 23 November to 4 December 2020, trainees Keisha Nete and Sussie Gigmai, gained hands on work experience at Jema Lawyers.  They assisted lawyers with client files and attended court sessions. Their attachment was at a hectic time, leading up to the court vacation, but the two were able to jump right in and keep up.

When asked what stood after the first week, Sussie said “After a week, I found out from Jema that the best results are obtained through team work…what amazes me is that we are working on the National and Supreme Court cases.”

Keisha concurred “The exposure is what stood out for me in the first week. On the very first day we came, we went straight to the Supreme Court to witness the Prime Minister’s case which was a really great experience for us…”.

The trainees also had the opportunity to interact daily with the support staff either in the firm breakroom or on the firm bus rides to and from work.

By the end of their time, Sussie summed up her experience saying “I got the gist of what it is like to work as a lawyer. It requires effort and time to arrive at a good outcome”.

Office Manager, Velma Ninjipa, remarked that though it had been a hectic two weeks for the firm, Jema supports the development of upcoming lawyers and was glad to have LTI trainees attached with Jema Lawyers again this year. She extended an invitation for Keisha and Sussie to join the firm for its annual Christmas event – a perfect end to the Jema Lawyers experience.  


Marape Remains PM

Post Courier published 30 November 2020

By TREVOR WAHUNE

The Waigani Supreme Court has ruled that the Election of Prime Minister James Marape on May 30th last year was constitutional.

The ruling was made last Friday by a five-man Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika, and judges David Cannings, Derek Hartshorn, George Manuhu & Ere Kariko, all ruled in favor of Mr. Marape and Dismissed Mr. Namah’s application.

Namah’s application questioned the legality of the process in which Mr. Marape was elected as Prime Minister.

The application filed by Mr. Namah was questioning the process in which Mr. Marape as Tari-Pori MP was elected as PM, questioning whether the withdrawal of Ialibu-Pangia MP Peter O’Neill’s acceptance of nomination to contest as PM after the Speaker had accepted & closed nominations of O’Neill, Moresby Northwest MP Sir Mekere Morauta and Marape was against Parliamentary Standing Orders.

All five judges, in separate decisions, all held that Marape’s election as PM was constitutional upon grounds that according to Parliamentary Standing Orders, anyone in Parliament should have raised the issue and moved a motion to withdraw Mr. O’Neill’s decision to withdraw his nomination.

Sir Gibbs, in his ruling said, since members present at the voting of the Prime Minister did not question whether the motion of O’Neill to withdraw his nomination to contest for prime minister ought to be withdrawn, the Speaker’s acceptance of the withdrawal of the nomination and advising Parliament to proceed with only two candidates, in an arbitrary manner, was an issue that is needed to be determined under section 114 (1) of the Constitution.

“The fact that the matter, as shown on record, that not one Member of Parliament complained about the Speaker’s action or conduct, the controversy was never raised,” he said.

As to the issue of whether the speaker contravened section 108 (1) of the Constitution for failing to uphold the dignity of Parliament when he did not comply with Standing Orders 94, 95 and section 114 (1), Sir Gibbs said, “again, not one member complained and raised a point of order to seek a ruling from the speaker of the issue.”

Sir Gibbs said although it was notable that irrespective of the circumstance or any situation or any question that arose in Parliament section 114(1) of the Constitution grants the parliament wide scope of powers to deal with such situations.

Justice Cannings in his ruling said three issues identified in the application was whether the questions raised in the application was non-justiciable? Was there any breach in the Standing Orders? And what orders should the court make?

He upheld submissions by the interveners to the application stating that “there were no constitutional laws that specifically provide the procedure for the appointment of a prime minister in the circumstances of this case,” and also agreed for the case to be dismissed.

Justice Hartshorn also agreed that Mr. Namah’s application be dismissed, adding that the election was conducted by way of procedures of Parliament and that there were no such procedures in constitutional laws that were justiciable.

Meanwhile, Justice Manuhu & Justice Kariko also agreed for Namah’s application to be dismissed on similar grounds.


Unanimous Supreme Court Bench Decision – Marape’s Election Constitutionally Valid

Post Courier published 27 November 2020

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Reports by TREVOR WAHUNE

The Waigani Supreme Court has held that the election of Prime Minister James Marape on May 30th last year was Constitutional.

A five men Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika, and judges David Cannings, Derek Hartshorn, George Manuhu, and Ere Kariko in an unanimous decision ruled in favor of Marape and dismissed Namah’s application.

The Application filed by Namah was questioning the process in which Marape as Tari Pori MP was elected as PM , upon grounds that the Speaker’s decision to withdraw Ialibu-Pangia MP, Peter O’Neill acceptance and nomination to contest as PM after the Speaker had accepted and closed nominations of O’Neill, Moresby North-West MP Sir Mekere Morauta, was against Parliamentary Standing Orders.

All five judges held that Marape’s election as PM was constitutional upon grounds that according to Parliamentary Standing Orders, anyone in Parliament should have raised the issue, and moved a motion to withdrew O’Neill’s decision to withdraw his nomination.

The bench held that these were parliamentary procedures that were supposed to be followed, and were not Constitutional laws to be interpreted.

The bench also held that the Courts could not interfere with parliamentary procedures which the law was silent on.

The application was dismissed with costs awarded to all the interveners.


Supreme Court To Make A Ruling On Election of Pm James Marape

Post Courier published 24 November 2020

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By Trevor Wahune

A FIVE-man Supreme Court bench has reserved a decision on an application filed by opposition leader Belden Namah challenging the legality of the process in which James Marape was elected as Prime Minister in May 2019.

They have successfully concluded the substantive hearing yesterday.

Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika, on behalf of the bench which comprised, Judges Derek Hartshorn, David Cannings, George Manuhu, Ere Kariko and himself, told parties after the hearing of their submissions that a decision on submissions regarding the application will be handed down any time this week.

At the hearing, Namah submitted through lawyer Greg Sheppard that on May 30 last year, after former Prime Minister Peter O’Neill had resigned from the office of the Prime Minister on May 28, the procedure Parliament followed and subsequently elected Marape as prime minister was unconstitutional.

Sheppard submitted that Speaker Job Pomat at the time had accepted the nominations of O’Neill, Marape and Moresby Northwest MP Sir Mekere Morauta as candidates for the Prime Minister’s office.

However, the Speaker then withdrew O’Neill’s nominations after all nominations had been accepted and closed.

Sheppard argued that after the speaker had informed Parliament of the motions of nominations they were validly accepted, they had already become “the possession of Parliament,” and consequently leave was required to withdraw it.

However, no such leave was sought or given by Parliament, contrary to s.158 of the Parliamentary Standing Orders.

Lawyer McRonald Nale, who appeared on behalf of Marape, objected that the nomination and the withdrawal of O’Neill was not a question before the Parliament, and that s.158 of the Parliamentary Standing Orders, which was an order, cited by the applicant to have been breached by the interveners, did not apply to such a withdrawal made by O’Neill upon grounds that:

The nomination of O’Neill was not a motion as it falls under s.7B of the Parliamentary Standing Orders.
Section 158 of the standing orders applies to other motions which are moved only by leave of Parliament if it is not in the notice papers.

Nale further submitted that the application was also not a motion that was provided under s.151 (1), where leave would also be required for its withdrawal. He told the court that the contention by the applicant was misconceived.

Meanwhile, lawyer representing the office of the registrar of political parties, Keith Iduhu, told the court that Aitape-Lumi MP, who first filed the application when being the opposition leader at the time, was supposed to seek leave for a motion to be moved to have O’Neill’s nomination withdrawn to preserve the integrity of the process, which was now in court.

He also submitted that bringing the matter to court was stepping over into the Parliament’s matters.

Sheppard in response said standing orders were not silent to this issue and that the matter was rightfully in court.

“Just like a video ref in a football show, we have to bring this issue to court for the court to make a fair decision.

“It’s not correct to say whether the court is stepping over into a Parliament matter,” he said.


Court to rule on PM’s election

The National published 24 November 2020

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By Karo Jesse

THE Supreme Court is expected to make a ruling this week on whether James Marape’s election in Parliament as Prime Minister in May last year was proper and fair.

A five-man bench chaired by Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika yesterday heard arguments from lawyers representing Opposition Leader Belden Namah who had challenged in court the legality of the election, Marape, the Attorney-General and Registrar of Political Parties.

The lawyers made their submissions after the court declared that Namah had “standing” to pursue the reference questioning the legality of Marape’s election as PM.

The judges ruled that Namah had raised significant constitutional issues in the case and that his pleadings were clear.

Namah’s lawyer Greg Sheppard of Young and Williams submitted that the procedure followed in Marape’s election was inconsistent with requirements of the law on standing orders and fairness.

He argued that Marape’s election was flawed and contradicted parliamentary standing orders when Speaker Job Pomat failed to seek leave of the House before allowing Ialibu-Pangia MP Peter O’Neill to withdraw his nomination for PM after the close of nomination.

Sheppard claimed that the decision to withdraw and Pomat’s failure to reopen nomination made the election unfair.

It was argued that when motions are moved in Parliament, they become its properties and can only be changed after seeking its permission.

Vanimo-Green MP Belden Namah with lawyers Philip Tabuchi (left) and Greg Sheppard outside the Waigani court on June 11. – Nationalfilepic

Sheppard said the application was based on Speaker Pomat’s decision to allow O’Neill to withdraw his nomination after the close of nomination without the leave of Parliament.

Lawyer Keith Iduhu, representing the registrar of political parties, submitted that observing standing orders was necessary to protect the integrity of the people.

He submitted that O’Neill’s withdrawal of his nomination was not facilitated with a leave of Parliament.

He said since Patrick Pruaitch had nominated O’Neill, there should have been a motion of leave to withdraw Pruaitch’s nomination and to withdraw O’Neill’s acceptance.

Lawyer Nemo Yalo, representing the Attorney-General’s office, told the court that at the time O’Neill withdrew his nomination, the standing orders were silent and it was for the Speaker to make a decision.

“The Speaker should have sought leave but the standing orders were silent at that point,” Yalo said.

“So obviously it’s not for this court to legislate on to fill the gap.”

Yalo argued that O’Neill had exercised his rights under Section 50 of the Constitution to withdraw.

Thus, Section 114 did not override his rights.

Marape’s lawyer McRonald Nale argued that the application failed to specifically identify a breach of compliance with the constitution and standing orders during Marape’s election.

“There’s no specific constitutional breach thus it’s an abuse of process and does not portray a constitutional challenge” he said.

Sheppard sought a declaration that O’Neill be appointed acting prime minister if the court ruled in favour of Namah.


Jema Lawyers committed to building local talent – support 31st Sir Buri Kidu Moot Court Competition

For years now, the Law Students Society at the University of Papua New Guinea has held moot court competitions as an extra curricula activity for law students to practice their advocacy skills. The annual competition is open to students from 2nd – 4th year to form teams of four to seven, referred to as firms. Moot Court sits on Friday evenings, on campus, where the University lecture rooms are converted into court rooms and firms present their case before guest lawyers, sitting as Judges. 

On 26 July 2020, the 31st Sir Buri Kidu Moot Court Competition kicked off under the theme Cultivating Aspiring Lawyers and Enhancing Transparency through Litigation. Moot Court Coordinator, Shauna Supro and her team successfully organized 16 firms’ mooting over a 16-week period.   

Each year, the Committee, made up wholly of students, take it upon themselves to pull the competition together. This task is voluntary and includes sourcing funding, organizing moot problems and coordinating with local lawyers to sit as judges. It’s not an easy task and for the committee, any assistance they can get from law firms is always appreciated.

Jema Lawyers, as a nationally owned law firm committed to building local talent, recognizes that the stature of a law firm is only equal to the strengths of its people; likewise, the stature of the local legal profession as a whole, is reflected in the quality of lawyers produced at the only law school in the country. As part of its commitment, Jema Lawyers provided lawyers Simon Dewe and Solomon Tongela as judges in the competition.

On Friday 6 November 2020, this year’s competition came to an end with grand final between firms Themis Legals and Legal Eagles. Moot Court adjourned for a decision to be handed down at the closing ceremony on Friday 13 November 2020.

In remarks made after the grand finale, Jema Lawyers made a pledge of K2, 000.  

Today, 9 November 2020, the presentation was made. Present to receive Jema Lawyers’ Nentipa Juki, Leontine Ivano and Solomon Tongela with a warm welcome were Law Students Society President-Kim Roary, Moot Court Coordinator- Shauna Supro, Moot Court Co-Coordinator- Rebekah Watinga and Moot Court Financial Controller – Neislyn Paro.

Speaking at the short ceremony, Coordinator Shauna Supro expressed sincere thanks to Jema Lawyers’ for their donation, adding that it had been challenging to secure funding this year. She indicated that the donation would be put toward prizes for the winning teams, to be presented at the closing ceremony and guaranteed that acquittals would be provided for spending.

Jema Lawyers congratulates all involved in this years’ 31st Sir Buri Kidu Moot Court Competition!


Not all heroes wear capes – Jema Lawyers thanks Wenda Rats with new jerseys

As the sun rose over Mt Giluwe on 17 September 2020, the Wenda Rats swiftly negotiated the bush trek the Jema Lawyers hikers had just staggered up several hours before. At 3:30am that morning, when Jema Lawyers passed Alkena field on their way to the base of Mt Giluwe, they did not know of the Wenda Rats team or the local Giluwe Rugby League Competition- and little did they know that this team would play a huge role in the success of the Jema expedition.

As the uphill hike begun before the break of dawn, several of the hikers had grown tired and worn out by sunrise. Back at the foot of Mt Giluwe, the Wenda Rats caught wind of this and true to their name, they ran up the mountain in record speed and with great agility. Within minutes, the Wenda Rats had reached the last hikers of the Jema expedition and seeing that one of the hikers needed assistance, they skillfully put together a stretcher made of bush material and swooped up the tired hiker in no time. They ran past the leading hikers and up to the top of the mountain with enviable ease. It was at that time that Jema Lawyers learned of the Wenda Rats rugby team and were left not only in awe of their fitness levels but greatly touched by their genuine spirit of comradery.

Most of the Wenda Rats players are secondary school boys while the balance of the team are villagers. Their tribe, the Kumangalka, is one of the smallest in Lower Kagul and they are the guardians of the foot of Mt Giluwe. Armed with a vengeance to bring honor to their small tribe, the Wenda Rats set out to make it to the grand finale after kicking off the 2020 Giluwe Rugby League Season earlier this year.

The Giluwe Rugby League competition is an initiative of the local MP, Hon. Win Bakri Daki, Vice Minister of Treasury. The competition has 18 teams from various tribes and has so far served as a great way to unite the entire Lower Kagul LLG on the weekends at Alkena field, where the LLG office is located. 

It was a brief exchange for Jema and the Rats, as the Rats safely delivered one tired Jema team member to a hut at the top of the mountain; chauffeured the rest of the team to safety and warmth in the hut; and ran back down to the village that night to prepare for their game the next morning. Jema Lawyers later learned that they had won the game!

In a show of solidarity and gratitude to the Wenda Rats, Jema Lawyers pledged to sponsor their team jerseys. The logistics took a while, but last week Tuesday 20 October 2020, about one month to the date of meeting, Office Manager Velma Ninjipa handed over the full set of uniforms to lawyer, Luwi Dos, who arranged their safe delivery to Wenda village.

Under the leadership of their Head Coach, Mr. Isaac Wek, who was once the halfback of the Hagen Eagles Team (Mt. Hagen Cheimca Cowboys 2005-2008) the Wenda Rats are a force to be reckoned with and Jema Lawyers is proud to support such a great group of young men.

With the 2020 season scheduled to end in November, the Wenda Rats are fighting their way to the top with a current placing of 5th on the ladder.

Jema lawyers wishes the Wenda Rats a successful rest of the season and knowing the Giluwe Rugby League Competition is now affiliated with the Papua New Guinea Rugby League Federation (PNGRFL), hopes to see some of the boys make it beyond the misty Alkena field of Lower Kagul, Tambul, Western Highlands Province. It certainly is the friends we meet along the way that help us appreciate the journey.


Legality of Pm’s Election Drags On

Post Courier published on 27 October 2020

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By Trevor Wahune

An appeal filed by the Office of the Public Prosecutor seeking to review a National Court decision that lifted the suspension of opposition leader Belden Namah in July has forced a case led by Namah, seeking to question the legality of James Marape’s election as Prime Minister to drag on.

A five-man Supreme Court bench that comprised Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika, his deputy Ambeng Kandakasi and judges Ellenas Batari, Nicholas Kirriwom and David Cannings, yesterday upheld submissions by Mr. Marape’s lawyer, McRonald Nale, who told the court that: “Although Namah had standing as the opposition leader and as a member of Parliament, to proceed with his application questioning the legality of Mr. Marape’s election as PM, an appeal on the National Court decision that lifted Namah’s suspension was still on foot and still needed to be dealt with, before his application could be heard.

”Sir Gibbs also said the outcome of the Public Prosecutor’s appeal will also determine whether Namah’s current standing remains or is disqualified if the court finds Justice Canning’s erred in his decision in lifting Namah’s suspension. The grounds of the appeal filed by the Public Prosecutor through lawyer Gibson Geroro, currently pending a hearing that the trial judge erred when he quashed Namah’s leadership tribunal decision that dismissed him from office, without imposing an appropriate penalty, should have been a remedy available.

The appeal on Namah’s suspension being lifted was ordered by the bench to appear before a listings court on November 3.

Sir Gibbs, in a ruling on submissions by Namah’s lawyer Greg Sheppard, who was seeking to have his client’s substantive matter proceed to a hearing, said the appellant in the case concerning Namah’s suspension being lifted (case styled SCM 16 of 2020) was not in court, however, the respondents were and wanted the matter to be dealt with as soon as possible.

“SCM 16 of 2020 will return next Tuesday in the direction stage, so that there are no unnecessary delays. “Otherwise there are other alternatives available, such as dismissing it for want of prosecution, as the case is of public interest.

“I realize Justice Cannings made the decision to lift Namah’s suspension in July, but it still has not hit my desk,” Sir Gibbs said.


Court to await outcome of appeal on Namah case

The National published on 27 October 2020

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THE Supreme Court will await the outcome of the State’s appeal against a court decision reinstating Belden Namah as an MP and Opposition Leader before it can deal with another case he had filed.

Namah, in his capacity as Opposition Leader, is challenging the election of James Marape as Prime Minister in May last year.

But the State is appealing against a National Court ruling which declared that Namah remained an MP and thus Opposition Leader following his referral to a Leadership Tribunal.

If the State’s appeal is successful, Namah will remain suspended as an MP and Opposition Leader, thus does not have any standing to challenge Marape’s election.

Yesterday, a five-man bench of the Supreme Court chaired by Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika adjourned the hearing of the case on the Prime Minister’s election following an application by Marape’s lawyer McRonald Nale.

Namah’s lawyer Greg Sheppard opposed the adjournment saying the case should proceed.

THE Supreme Court will await the outcome of the State’s appeal against a court decision reinstating Belden Namah as an MP and Opposition Leader before it can deal with another case he had filed.

Namah, in his capacity as Opposition Leader, is challenging the election of James Marape as Prime Minister in May last year.

But the State is appealing against a National Court ruling which declared that Namah remained an MP and thus Opposition Leader following his referral to a Leadership Tribunal.

If the State’s appeal is successful, Namah will remain suspended as an MP and Opposition Leader, thus does not have any standing to challenge Marape’s election.

Yesterday, a five-man bench of the Supreme Court chaired by Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika adjourned the hearing of the case on the Prime Minister’s election following an application by Marape’s lawyer McRonald Nale.

Namah’s lawyer Greg Sheppard opposed the adjournment saying the case should proceed.

Nale submitted that Namah would not suffer any prejudice if the application was granted or not, and argued that the State appeal case raised relevant issues of standing as well. The National Court, after the tribunal has suspended him for misconduct in office, reinstated Namah as Opposition Leader and Vanimo-Green MP and stayed the findings of the tribunal. Sir Gibbs ordered the parties to return to court on Nov 3 for a directions hearing.


Marape’s Third Election Challenge Set For Oct 26

Post Courier published on 29 September 2020

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By Trevor Wahune

A hearing date for the third application filed by Opposition leader, Belden Namah, seeking to challenge the legality of the process by which Prime Minister James Marape was elected in May last year is set to be heard on Oct 26.

Justice David Cannings, sitting as a single Supreme Court bench, made the direction in the Waigani Supreme Court yesterday after he amended orders by Justice Colin Makail, dated September 25.

Justice Makail had ordered that the matter proceed as a paper hearing. (A paper hearing is a court procedure where parties only file submissions and leave it to the courts to consider before making a decision. This process was brought in according to Covid-19 measures taken by the Courts.)

However, following submissions by Mr. Marape’s lawyer, McRonald Nale, the matter will proceed to hearing in an open court.

He made the submissions upon the grounds that Section 59 of the Constitution provided that every citizen had the right to appear before an open court, and that proceeding with a paper hearing could and would be in breach of the (interested) parties’ natural justice.

His submissions were supported by lawyers Greg Sheppard, who appeared on behalf of Mr. Namah as the applicant, and lance Okil, who appeared for Pangu Pati, Nemo Yalo who appeared on behalf of Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Davis Steven, and Charles Mende, who appeared on behalf of Speaker Job Pomat, as interveners to the matter.

Although Mr. Sheppard had initially argued that the paper hearing pursuant to Practice Directions No.03 of 2020, the Court upheld Mr. Nale’s objections that the hearing that would take place on paper, ordered as practice directions would restrict oral submissions and would amount to a denial of parties’ right to be heard under s.59 of the Constitution. “The practice directions did not meet the requirements under section 37 (12) of the Constitution,” Mr. Nale said. “The Court urged us to file an application since we are questioning the validity of the practice directions.

“Mr. Sheppard contended that this issue can be sorted out if a hearing date is allocated without any delays.

“All other interveners support our position.”

The Court ordered that the hearing of the matter will take place in open court on Oct 26 in respect of the applicant’s application for standing and the first intervener’s application for adjournment.


Post Courier published on 29 September 2020

Read online story here: https://postcourier.com.pg/court-quashes-bird-summons/

COURT QUASHES BIRD SUMMONS

The Supreme Court has quashed a Summons issued against East Sepik Governor Allan Bird for alleged contempt of court.

Deputy Chief Justice Ambeng Kandakasi ordered the issue of summons on March 05th for Bird to appear before him to explain why he should not be held for contempt for questioning his (Kandakasi’s) power as a judge. A five-man bench comprising justices Elenas Batari, Panuel Mogish, David Cannings, George Manuhu and Colin Makail found that the particular order that summoned an MP to appear before the court was made contrary to Section 115 of the Constitution, which confers freedom of speech in the Parliament that cannot be questioned in any court.

The ruling was made in a proceeding filed by Police Minister Bryan Kramer against former prime minister Peter O’Neill seeking leave to review several orders made by the National Court presided by Justice Kandakasi.

The court also granted Kramer leave to review most of the orders, including the order to summon Governor Bird to appear in court.

Governor Bird was not a party to a proceeding but was ordered by the judge to appear to explain why he should not be held guilty for contempt for raising issues questioning a judge’s power in Parliament.

According to part of the 43-page judgement, the bench explained that such an order could only be regarded as an unusual, significant and probably unprecedented order.

“We are unaware of any previous occasion on which a member of the National Parliament has been required by an order of any court to appear in court in relation to something said by the member during the course of proceedings in Parliament.

 “It is a special sort of order as it is pre-emptory in nature. It is of a summons that orders Honourable Allan Bird, MP, to do two things, first, appear in court at a specific time and second, show cause why he should not be dealt with for contempt, without sufficient regard to its constitutional implications,” the bench said in its judgment.

“We do not question the genuineness of his Honour’s remarks about what had been reported in the media about what Hon Allan Bird MP had said in Parliament. However, there were other more measured ways in which to manifest that concern. They, therefore, ruled that the order was unconstitutional.”

Mr. Kramer was represented by Jema Lawyers while Mr. O’Neill was represented by Twivey Lawyers.

Outside court, Governor Bird welcomed the court ruling, describing it as an important ruling that sets a precedent by clarifying the equal separation of powers between the legislature and the judiciary.


Legal Eagles Soar above Mt Giluwe

On 16 – 20 September 2020 our lawyers took a bonding trip to trek Mt Giluwe. The Post Courier’s Weekender published today 25 September 2020 featured their story on the front page. Read the story online here https://www.google.com/amp/s/postcourier.com.pg/weekender-2/amp/ or below:

“Pammil wayo!” (Come let’s go!), Luwi Dos called out, as the Team disappeared one by one through his family’s backyard garden and out onto the open grassland. It was 4am on Thursday 17 September as 17 trekkers; 11 lawyers from Jema Lawyers, the Office Manager, three friends and two camera crew: the well-known Jerry Albaniel and friend Richard Aluvula; left their starting point at the Dos residence in Wenda, Lower Kagul, Tambul for Mt Giluwe. The climb would take two days and one night.

For Luwi, it was an exciting experience bringing his colleagues to his village, to brave the grand Mt Giluwe. Two weeks before the climb, Luwi had arranged guides through his tribe’s local company, Amazing Discoveries Giluwe Limited, to prepare the track and stand ready to accompany the Team as guides and porters. This would be the local company’s first client and Luwi was delighted to help his local boys market their work.

The guides cleared the track, built a bush hut on the base of the peak (12km from the starting point) and organized themselves as porters.

All in high spirits, Day 1 of the walk began. For the 11 lawyers from Jema Lawyers; this early start was very exciting because they had been preparing together in Port Moresby, for three weeks.

At the beginning of the year, the Jema Lawyers management offered its lawyers a choice of taking a bonding trip anywhere they wanted, to facilitate better working relationships in the young and diverse office. The catch was that the trip would need an activity that would challenge them to become better individuals and practice teamwork. Office Manager Velma Ninjipa recalls “we wanted to encourage our lawyers to take part in a bonding exercise that would be life changing. We wanted them to come back from the exercise with their lives impacted in some way and to have learnt from the exercise positively while bonding at the same time.”

In August 2020, it was settled, the Team would trek Mt Giluwe. Mt Giluwe is the highest volcano in Pacific Oceania. Often overlooked, this sleeping giant last erupted over 220, 000 – 300, 000 years ago and today its many lava flows are covered by savannah grassland, peaks of 30m thickness and craters of up to 30 meters deep and 200m in diameter. It is truly a magnificent sight to behold and trekking it is a somewhat enchanting experience.

On 10 September 2020 the Team had a briefing on what to expect- the route from the Wenda village side is one of many routes and is planed for two days. It’s a comfortable 17.73km route for beginner – moderate trekkers. Day 1 of the track is 11.73km of gradual incline; broken down into: 1km of grassland; 5km of rainforest and 6km from the end of the rainforest to the hut. Day 2 of the track is a 6km steep uphill hike from the hut to the summit in time for sunrise, then a day trip all the way back to starting point.

On 16 September 2020 PX880 departed Port Moresby with 12 hopeful trekkers. This bunch did not look like the average group you’d think would brave the grand Mt Giluwe. “We had 8 training sessions”, comments Leontine Ivano. “In the first session we walked around the Paga Hill Ring Road and everyone was so exhausted but by the end of our three-week schedule we had climbed the Taurama and Kauka hills with relative ease. I’ve lost count of how many times we climbed Toguba hill.

Fighting cravings for fast food during late working nights and beating the sunrise on weekends when most people would turn off their alarms and sleep in- the Team prepared; one session at a time, in only three weeks.

1hour 45mins after take-off, the Team landed at Kagamuga International Airport, Mt Hagen. For Nentipa Juki, Caleb Yaga, Beryl Kumo, Donald Kints and Simon Dewe it was a feeling of returning home.

Awaiting to host the team was Mr and Mrs Kuk. Philip and Penny Kuk are also from Lower Kagul and had graciously volunteered to host the Jema lawyers’ team in their Pukabilye village manor. The Kuk’s home was to be base camp.

After a brief stop in Hagen town, 25-seater bus “Koms Lander”, was en route Tambul. Apart from Luwi Dos; Jack Kiluwe (also from Lower Kagul), Solomon Tongela (from Ialibu basin) and Velma Ninjipa (from Imbongu Proper) were also familiar with the Mt Giluwe terrain. Other members of the Team were Leontine Ivano, Everlyn Sahamie and Renee Siaguru (all first timers); and joined by Lisa Nale, Belinda Poki and Thelma Ninjipa.

On Friday 18 September 2020 at 5am the team began the uphill hike to the peak. Any earlier than that would have been too cold to make the uphill hike successfully. By 7:30am the entire Team had reached the top. Despite the ice-cold strong winds, layers of clothing and high altitude everyone was in high spirits once they reached the top and not one camera storage remained empty. “I turned around twice on the way up. I had my inhaler in my pocket in case I needed it and along with Nentipa, who might also need the inhaler; we took the risk! It was worth it!”, recalls Renee Siaguru.

 The Team descended the peak at around 8:30am and by 12 midday the decent to starting point began. A final Team stop at the end of the rainforest for some Kapul (Possom) prepared by the guides marked the end of the hike. By 4:30pm the first trekkers reached the Dos residence starting point to a warm welcome by the villagers and a mumu (earth oven cooked meal).

In a quick farewell because the rains had set in, all trekkers removed anything they could give their guides as parting gifts; boots, jackets, gloves, head troches etc. On their way to base camp, all trekkers agreed it was one Amazing Hike and the highlight of 2020! Heading towards the Kuk’s manor warmly lit on the hillside, Mt Giluwe farewelled the Team one last time before disappearing behind the evening mist- Manda Oh!


Season 1 of In-house gaming competition ends

On 15 September 2020, Season 1 of the KTHL & Jema Lawyers Gaming Competition came to a close. Speaking at the short ceremony before the finals, Principal of Jema Lawyers, McRonald Nale, said the competition scheduled for Friday evenings was an initiative by the firm to encourage lawyers to relax and unwind within the office before heading home for the weekend to spend time with family.

The eight week competition, sponsored by KTHL, saw 10 teams of three compete in the two codes of Pool and Table Tennis. With prizes set at K1000, K750 and K500 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively; the competition kicked off with Round 1 on 31st July 2020. 

The competition was officiated by lawyers Nentipa Juki and Beryl Kumo. “We had five rounds of Proper Season, after which knock outs began then semi-finals, preliminary grand finals and the grand finals. It was a great initiative and we thank the Jema Lawyers Management and KTHL for making it possible and we also extend our acknowledgement to our sister Teams from Century 21 and KTHL for their participation. We are hoping for a bigger and better one for Season 2”, Nentipa Juki said.

The participating teams were DCM Eagles, Giluwe Fox, High Ice KTHL 1, KTHL 2, Kunai Spartans, Team IRC, Team C21, Toxic Tonix and Triple Threat.

The awards were given to:

Pool

1st                                Kunai Spartans

2nd                               Toxic Tonix

3rd                                DCM Eagles

Most Improved             Everlyn Sahamie

Table Tennis

1st                                Giluwe Fox

2nd                               Toxic Tonix

3rd                                Kunai Spartans

Most Improved           Caleb Yaga  


Jema Lawyers hosts Financial Literacy Training with Tiri Kuimbakul

On Thursday 23rd July 2020, as the nation commemorated Remembrance Day with a public holiday, Jema Lawyers staff gathered in the firm’s boardroom with renowned local financial expert; designer of the “Seven Steps to Financial Freedom” seminar, principal of Walta Peng Publishing & Training and author of, to name a few, Winning The Game of Money, Be Your Own Boss, and Making Money Without Money;Tiri Kuimbakul.

The seminar kicked off at 9am with Mr Kuimbakul introducing participants to the importance of financial education in order to achieve financial freedom. The eager participants opted to train right through morning tea, as the seminar progressed to its main focus, managing money and understanding debt.

Mr Kuimbakul’s unique approach broke down the journey to financial freedom in seven ‘easy to understand’ steps. All participants were able to grasp the concept, within the Papua New Guinean context and apply it to their personal finances.

Jema Lawyers, being a 100% local law firm, encourages its staff to attend trainings and seminars like this, to improve their own lives. Office Manager, Velma Ninjipa noted “it’s up to each individual to personally get to a point in their life when they decide that they need this kind of knowledge and want to learn it”. The seminar was sponsored by the firm and open to all staff who were able to attend during the public holiday.

After a delicious local lunch menu provided by Mah’s Catering , the seminar progressed into setting goals and making plans for the future. As the program came to a close, all agreed it had been an invaluable knowledge sharing experience. One participant described it as “I felt so many light bulbs turning on in my head. Amazing, amazing seminar”.

Mr Kuimbakul’s invitation to all participants to keep in a touch and a moving closing prayer sealed the seminar at 4pm.

Tiri Kuimbakul can be contacted on:

Email:

titikuimbakul@gmail.com

Facebook groups:

BE YOUR OWN BOSS!

TIRI KUIMBAKUL SEMINARS

TIRI KUIMBAKUL BOOKS

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TIRI W. KUIMBAKUL


A Day in the Practice of Law with Jema Lawyers

On Monday 13 July 2020, Jema Lawyers hosted eight (8) trainees for their “Day Out with a Law Firm” program. This program is part of the Institute’s Law Practice Management course which is one of the many courses trainees are taught in order to be admitted to the National and Supreme Courts of Papua New Guinea as fully-fledged lawyers.

The trainees namely Bill Samson, Dickson Walip, Nathan Yagon, Josiah Jinimbo, Nylen Jim, Michael John, Thomas John and Danny Kamabo were hosted by our Mrs Miran Ai and Ms Everlyn Sahamie, lawyers at the firm. They had an interactive session all throughout the day with other assigned lawyers and support staff who spoke to them not only on the day to day practice of the firm but the skills and the ethics and values that must always be upheld by a lawyer as prescribed by the Professional Conduct Rules 1989. The session also included discussions around the issue of domestic violence and Q&A time to finish off the day’s program.

Over the years, this program has enabled trainees to broaden their legal knowledge and has given them a better perspective into what life is like when they join a business that is engaged in the practice of law.  On that note, Jema Lawyers fully supports such programs that contribute to Papua New Guinea’s development within the legal profession and like in previous years, we hope to see more trainees next year!



25,149 pending cases – “Put your house in order”, says Chief Justice

Chief Sir Gibuma Gibbs Salika, GCL KBE CSM OBE- Chief Justice of Papua New Guinea, urged members of the legal fraternity to work together to put their house in order. The appeal was made especially to the judiciary and lawyers. He urged all judges and lawyers to put their [court] house in order first before calling on other members of the law and justice sector to assist.

The Chief Justice delivered this message at the 2020 Legal Year Opening Ceremony on 3 February 2020 at the Don Bosco Institute Catholic Church on Taurama Road.

Jema Lawyers were in full attendance as the program began with a procession led by a combined Police, Correctional Services and joint band. The procession filtered into the Institute yard where the Chief Justice inspected a combined Guard of Honor and delivered his message.

The Chief Justice delivered a brief report on the statistics of court cases around the country. Of the 25, 149 pending cases; among others, 8340 are in Waigani, 2608 in Lae, 2349 in Mt Hagen and 952 in Kokopo. He urged lawyers not to seek unnecessary adjournments and acknowledged that there are other factors that cause delay but to work together to move cases along. “We need to start from ground zero at every legal year opening”, he said.

Those in attendance then moved into the grand Catholic Church for a cool and comfortable dedication service, followed by an official photo shoot and refreshments.


Jema Lawyers in 2019

Minister Encourages Local Law Firm to Uphold Integrity

Petroleum & Energy Minister, Honourable Kerenga Kua was the guest speaker at the 2019 gala dinner for local firm Jema Lawyers.

At the material time, Minister Kua was Acting Deputy Prime Minister and Attorney General. Minister Kua, himself formerly a practicing lawyer with Posman Kua Aisi Lawyers, reflected on the challenges of managing a local law firm. He emphasised that for Jema Lawyers to have successfully practiced for almost eight years was a testament to the great potential of the firm and its staff.

Minister Kua congratulated the firm’s leader Mr McRonald Nale and his staff on another successful year and encouraged that they continue to uphold integrity in the pursuit of justice.

Amongst other dignitaries, the dinner was attended by Inter-Government Relations Minister, Honourable Pila Niningi and the Commissioner General of the Internal Revenue Commission, Mr Sam Koim.  

Jema Lawyers, amongst other notable achievements in 2019, merged with local law firm Spot Check Legal Services, bringing its number of lawyers up to nine and support staff to 17.

On 14 December 2019, the dynamic firm capped a successful 2019 legal year by hosting staff and family members on a full day of recreation. The day began at 6:30am as 26 staff and their families travelled to the Varirata National Park, outside Port Moresby, in Central Province for a cool morning trek followed by a picnic. They also had the opportunity to experience the famous Koiari Tree house and learn off its history. The cool air and change of scenery were no doubt a refreshing experience enjoyed by all.

By 2pm the whole team was checked in to Gateway Hotel as the Christmas decorations by Bilas Events went up in the Jacksons 1 conference room. The gala dinner began at 6pm with creative prizes up for grabs, photography by Skel Picsa, entertainment by Insomnia and a comedy act by PNG 4 Reals. The buffet supplied enough energy for the night ended with an enthusiastic Carols by Candle Light marathon led by the musically gifted Office Manager Ms Velma Ninjipa.


LTI Trainees Day at Jema Lawyers

Jema Lawyers welcomed six (6) Legal Training Institute Trainees to its Kennedy Estate Office on Monday 20 May 2019 for the Institute’s program called “Day Out with a Law Firm”. This program is held once a year and aims to give the trainees a feel for day to day law firm practice.

The six (6) trainees which included Natasha Harry Tawa, Sheila Gongilo, Mike Sede Golu, Steven Jilawara, Valentine Saweni and Vincent Suapi were hosted by Mrs. Miran Ai, a senior lawyer at the firm. Throughout the day, the trainees had the opportunity to listen and learn from presentations by lawyers and a few support staff who specialized in that particular line of work within the firm. The presentations covered various topics as follows:

  • Organizational Structure/ Performance by Velma Ninjipa (Office Manager)
  • Key Functions of Filing/Service & Deliveries by Dupi Alphonse (Clerk)
  • Experiences of being a new Lawyer at a Law Firm by Luwi Dos (Lawyer)
  • Experiences of a Lawyer by Beryl Kumo (Lawyer)
  • Role of IT in a Law Firm by Joseph Kula (IT Officer)
  • Role & importance of Support in a Law Firm by Paulina Kilamanu(Practice Assistant)
  • Tips for law practice by Miran Ai (Lawyer)
  • Importance of Timesheets by Miran Ai (Lawyer)
  • Role of Accounts by Lynette Forowan (Accounts Supervisor)

This program was certainly a great opportunity for the trainees to get a feel of what awaits them after admission as it was very informative and enriching.

Jema Lawyers continues to support the development of the Legal Profession in PNG. It was a delight to have hosted the trainees for the day and we wish them well in their remaining months of training at LTI.


EASTER – A TIME OF “GIVING” JEMA LAWYERS VISIT TO LIFE PNG CARE

The firm believes that it is always good to take some time out and give to others.

At Jema Lawyers, it has been a tradition since 2016 to “give” during Easter. On Thursday 18th April 2019, the staff of Jema Lawyers which included Mrs. Lisa Nale (the firm’s Managing Partner’s wife) and her dad, Pastor Moresby Tunge, as part of its Easter celebrations, visited 65 children at an organization called Life PNG Care located at Gerehu Stage 4, NCD, PNG. Life PNG Care is managed by Mr. and Mrs. Collin Pake and it’s all about helping to make a positive impact in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable children and youth of PNG.

The visit began with the loud, cheerful voices of the children greeting each employee of Jema Lawyers including Mrs. Nale and Pastor Tunge followed by Mr. Pake giving an insight into what the organization is all about. Afterwards, Mrs. Miran Ai, a lawyer, on behalf of the law firm, engaged in a Q&A session with a few of the children regarding their aspirations for the future. At the end of the session, Mrs. Ai said “you can really see on the faces of these children here that they are happy and they have very big dreams and aspirations for the future. Life PNG Care is doing a great job.”

Before presentation of the gifts to the children to conclude the Easter visit, we were also privileged to have Pastor Tunge share with everyone on the Calling of God. It was certainly a wonderful message to bring us all into Easter. The staff of Jema Lawyers then presented goodie bags to all 65 children and donated 20 kg rice (x7), Chicken (x3 ctns), Sausages (x2 ctns), Snax biscuits (x 7ctns), Sugar (x1 bale), a carton each of Milo, Tea Bags, Paul’s Milk and Omo as well as Toilet Rolls (x2 bales), Axion dishwashing paste and bathing soaps, to help in the amazing work of Life PNG Care.

Jema Lawyers is also very passionate about seeing the future generations of Papua New Guinea strengthened in mind, body and spirit and is always willing to support an organization with such a worthy cause like Life PNG Care.


CONGRATULATIONS STAR MOUNTAIN PLAZA LIMITED & MRDC ON THE OPENING OF THE NEW STAR MOUNTAIN PLAZA- HILTON HOTEL PORT MORESBY

 The Management and Staff of Jema Lawyers wish to congratulate the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Star Mountain Plaza Ltd (SMPL), Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC), partners and other stake holders for successfully completing Stage 1 of the Star Mountain Plaza- Hilton Hotel under the leadership of the Managing Director of MRDC and Chairman of SMPL, Mr. Augustine Mano.

Building on its reputation of world class brand, the Hilton Hotel Port Moresby is a game changer to the landscape in Papua New Guinea and that is why we are very proud of Mr. Augustine Mano and his team for this benchmark achievement!

 We congratulate the team for delivering this multi-million kina project ahead of schedule against the odds. We salute your achievement and we join you in celebration on this grand occasion of the opening of this iconic investment.  

“THE FUTURE IS ALREADY HERE”


Jema Lawyers in 2018

Jema Lawyers Donates To Earthquake Disaster Relief Appeal

Our firm is committed to support those people, communities and organizations that are in need and the well-being of its surrounding communities.

We are proud to have supported the Earthquake Disaster Relief Appeal (EDRA) team to carry out relief work in the affected areas of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that destroyed parts of Southern Highlands, Hela, Enga and Western Provinces in Papua New Guinea.

The Partners, Management and Staff of Jema Lawyers donated over 300 gift bags for children in the affected areas and other items such as clothing, beddings, cooking utensils and food items. The firm also hosted a cake cutting lunch ceremony for the EDRA to acknowledge them for the work that they are doing. While presenting the gifts, the Managing Partner of the Firm, Mr. McRonald Nale and Partner, Mr. Noel Ako thanked them for their courageous efforts to help those that are in need and said that they only wished their little contribution could make a difference.  Mr. Nale gave K 5000.00 in cash on behalf of the firm and pledged the firm’s continuous support with the relief.

“We are in this together” , was the central message conveyed by the EDRA and we would like to reach out to you all and say, “we are in this together”, and help is still needed in the affected areas and if you would like to make a donation in cash or kind, please contact the following:

Seini Fisi’ihoi on| Ph| +675 71124423 or email | seinifhoi@gmail.com

Cathy Alex on |Ph| +675 72074713 or email | advancingpng.wln@gmail.com

Thelma Ninjipa-Kavanamurr on | +675 72178985 or email | tninjipa@gmail.com