Justice Ambeng Kandakasi was appointed Deputy Justice of the Supreme and National Courts of Justice of Papua New Guinea (PNG) on 13th December 2018. He was appoint a Justice of the same Courts in 2000. His Honour holds a master’s degree in Law from the University of San Diego, USA and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of PNG. Also, His Honour is accredited as a mediator in Australia, New Zealand and PNG. Before His Honour’s appointment, he was a partner of the firm of Young & Williams Lawyers and taught law at the University of PNG.
Presently, His Honour chairs the PNG Judiciary’s ADR Committee overseeing the development and successful implementation of court annexed mediation in PNG. His Honour leads a team of Judges, Magistrates and lawyers designing ADR and mediation systems and structures and implementing them. He has a passion for continuing legal and judicial education and is actively involved in mediation skills training. Most of his trainees have been judges, magistrates, lawyers and other professional s, in Solomon Islands, Australia, Fiji, Malaysia and PNG. He has attended and facilitated at a number of local and international workshops and trainings in a number of areas of the law, ADR and in particular mediation. He has published a number of Judgments on mediation and ADR. Further, he has presented and published several papers at international and local conferences and journals in the areas of mediation and ADR and human rights. His Honour was and continues to be the Vice President of the Perth based, Asia Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF).
His Honour Justice Jeffery Shepherd holds degrees in law and anthropology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is admitted to practice in the High Court of New Zealand, the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the superior Courts of Papua New Guinea. Formerly a senior partner with the litigation and intellectual property teams at the Port Moresby office of Ashurst Lawyers, Justice Shepherd was appointed a judge of the Supreme and National Courts of Justice of Papua New Guinea on 31 October 2016. He commenced judicial duties on 27 January 2017.
His Honour is a founding member with Justice Ambeng Kandakasi of the PNG judiciary’s ADR Committee established in 2001. His Honour is a fully accredited mediator under the ADR Rules 2010 of the National Court and is assigned to the ADR Track of the National Court. Apart from his role as a civil judge, His Honour conducts Court-annexed mediations and assists with workshops and training programs for PNG mediators. He is a member of the Rules Committee of the Supreme and National Courts and is adviser to the ADR Committee on matters relating to the implementation of new legislation dealing with international and domestic arbitration in Papua New Guinea.