Posted By Staff Reporter
The National Court has raised jurisdiction issues as to powers it has to interfere with district court matters.
Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia said both courts are guided by its own laws and provisions.
He was presiding over the contempt case against Police Commissioner Geoffery Vaki over delays in arresting Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.
The judge heard lawyers representing Chief Inspector Timothy Gitua and Mr Vaki on jurisdiction matters only.
McDonald Nale lawyer for the plaintiff among other arguments, say the warrant arrest has been delayed by Mr Vaki as other officers are working under his direction therefore he must be held responsible.
Mr Nale agreed there are no direct laws pointing out powers of the National Court to issue orders to effect the warrant, however he cited a number of related laws and cases.
Queens Counsel Anthony Griffin for Vaki maintained different levels of court cant interfere with each other, and that a contempt charge can be issued only by the same court.
A decision will be handed down on Monday.
Another National Court proceeding last week stayed the arrest of the Prime Minister, pending a review of a district court decision that refused to set aside the arrest warrant.
Commissioner Vaki and Mr O'Neill had successfully applied for the judicial review.
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