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Oldiais Ngiraikelau appointed Palau chief justice

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KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — Oldiais Ngiraikelau is the new chief justice of the Palau Supreme Court.

He was appointed from a list of seven nominees submitted to President Tommy E. Remengesau by the Judicial Nominating Committee.

Oldias Ngiraikelau was appointed as associate justice of the trial division of the Palau Supreme Court by Remengesau in 2016.

Ngiraikelau succeeds former Chief Justice Arthur Ngirakelsong who retired in June.

 Oldiais Ngiraikelau

In his letter appointing Oldiais Ngiraikelau as the new chief justice, President Remengesau said that he was not surprised to see Ngiraikelau’s name as the top choice of the Judicial Nominating Committee’s official recommendation.

He added that Ngiraikelau has performed very well as a judge. “Your integrity and professionalism have further strengthened the reputation of our judiciary. It is with full confidence that I now appoint you chief justice,” President Remengesau said.

“Your predecessors, Chief Justice Nakamura and Chief Justice Ngirakelsong, set an incredibly high standard. They built public faith in our judicial system and as a result, you are inheriting a respected and highly professional Supreme Court,” Remengesau added.

Ngiraikelau said he was “humbled” by the appointment, adding that the “solemn task is so much bigger than myself.”

“The high standards you speak of set by my predecessors, Chief Justice Mamoru Nakamura and Chief Justice Arthur Ngirakelsong, require much more than legal experience and hard work,” he told the president. “Those standards require that my conduct as well as that of my colleagues, inside and outside of court, should enhance trust and confidence of the public in the impartiality, equality, and fairness of the judiciary.”

Ngiraikelau has had 35 years of legal experience in the courts of Hawaii, the CNMI and Palau.

With Ngiraikelau becoming chief justice, there will be a vacancy on the trial division. The Judicial Nominating Committee is now searching for a list of candidates for this position.

 

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