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NCJ Number: 62583 Find in a Library
Title: PAPUA NEW GUINEA - LAW REFORM COMMISSION - ANNUAL REPORT, 1977
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Papua New Guinea Law Reform Cmssn
Papua New Guinea
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 30
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Papua New Guinea Law Reform Cmssn
Papua New Guinea
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Language: English
Country: Papua New Guinea
Annotation: GOALS, LEGAL WORK, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES OF THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA, PRIMARILY DURING 1977, ARE DISCUSSED; CRIMINAL JUSTICE LAW, FAMILY LAW, AND THE LOWER COURTS ARE EMPHASIZED.
Abstract: DURING 1977, THE COMMISSION CONTINUED TO WORK FOR THE COUNTRY. THE NEW LEGAL SYSTEM MUST BE FOUNDED ON CUSTOMARY LAWS, BE A TRULY NATIONAL LEGAL SYSTEM, BE BASED ON THE NEEDS AND VALUES OF THE PEOPLE, AND BE ARTICULATED IN LEGAL MATERIALS. AS A RESULT OF COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS, SIMPLIFIED LAWS ON ARREST, SEARCH, AND BAIL WERE PASSED BY THE PARLIAMENT DURING 1977. IN ADDITION, THE SUMMARY OFFENSES ACT WAS AMENDED ACCORDING TO RECOMMENDATION TO DESCRIBE TWO NEW OFFENSES AS WELL AS HEAVIER PENALTIES FOR BEING DRUNK AND DISORDERLY AND FOR IMPROPER USE OF FIREARMS AND MISSILES. THE COMMISSION'S MAJOR PROPOSAL IS THAT A PERSON CONSIDERED INNOCENT BY CUSTOM SHOULD EITHER BE FOUND INNOCENT UNDER THE CRIMINAL LAW OR, IN THE CASE OF SERIOUS OFFENSES, BE GIVEN A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF 3 YEARS. LEGAL RESEARCH IN PROGRESS FOCUSES ON INTERROGATIONS AND CONFESSIONS, COMMITAL PROCEEDINGS, AND INDICTABLE OFFENSES. COMMISSION WORK HAS ALREADY LED TO SOME REVIEW OF THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURES IN THE LOWER COURTS. ADDITIONAL COMMISSION ACTIVITIES INCLUDE SEMINAR AND CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION. (LWM)
Index Term(s): Law reform; Papua New Guinea
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