Orders made by the Supreme Court today in relation to Judicial Conduct Act.
“1. Pending the final determination of the Reference,
(a) The implementation of or giving of effect to the decision made by the National Parliament on 4th April 2012 to refer the Chief Justice Sir Salamoa Injia and Justice Nicholas Kirriworm are hereby stayed; and
(b) Any person and or authority including those specified in section 5(2) of the Judicial Conduct Act 2012 are stayed from taking any step or action in pursuance of the said decision of the National Parliament made on 4 April 2012 to refer the Chief Justice and Justice Kirriworm; and
(c) A Tribunal if one has been appointed pursuant to section 5(2) of the Act is hereby stayed from taking all or any step to investigate any matter under section 5(1) of the Act in respect of the referral of the Chief Justice and Justice Kirriworm; and
(d) All or any steps taken including a decision by the National Executive Council in respect of the referral of the Chief Justice is hereby stayed.
(e) The effect, force, operation and implementation of the whole Act is stayed and the Chief Justice and Justice Kirriworm shall hear legal proceedings and exercise all their powers as the Chief Justice and Judge respectively and all or any of their Judgment or order shall continue to have full effect and be in force.
2. These orders are effective forthwith.
3. Costs follow the event.”