FORMER chief justice Sir Arnold Amet has filed a Supreme Court reference challenging the constitutional validity of the Supreme Court (Amendment) Bill passed by parliament on Tuesday.
The Madang MP said in a joint media briefing with opposition leader Dame Carol Kidu that the government had removed the inherent powers the people of Papua New Guinea vested in the Supreme Court.
Sir Arnold said the government was undermining the Supreme Court and its action
was fundamentally flawed and unconstitutional.
“It is a major amendment that deals with the powers and functions of the judiciary that was passed by voices only. It should be passed by a vote.”