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New High Court judge sworn in

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SOLOMON Islands has a new High Court judge.

He is Justice Stephen Paul Pallaras from Australia.

Mr Pallaras was sworn in by the Governor General Sir Frank Kabui at the Government House yesterday morning.

The swearing in ceremony was witnessed by the Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer and Lady Palmer, High Court Judges, Officials from the High Court, and the spouse and children of Justice Stephen Pallaras.

Mr Pallaras was South Australia's former director of public prosecutions.

He spent seven years as South Australia's DPP and was replaced by his deputy, Adam Kimber, in April.

Before he moved to the Solomon Islands, Mr Pallaras told Australian media that he was looking forward to the new challenge.

"It's a very exciting opportunity, I'm very much looking forward to it and yes it was disappointing (losing SA role), I loved doing the director's job in South Australia, my family and I both enjoy living here but this is opening up a new chapter and we are very much looking forward to it," he told APP.

"I've done not only prosecuting in my career, I've done many years of defence work as well so I feel as if I've seen both ends of the bar table and now it's time to be in front of it."

One of Mr Pallaras' first duties will be to preside over trials stemming from ethnic riots in the country.

By Douglas Marau