THE DEATH of Supreme Court justice Catherine Anne Davani CSM in a Brisbane hospital on Friday at the age of 56 has brought to a close the distinguished career of Papua New Guinea’s first woman judge.
“Girls all around the nation can look to the example she set and aspire to break through barriers and be everything they want to be in their careers,” observed prime minister Peter O’Neill.
Justice Davani was later joined by three more female judges of the Supreme Court, Justices Jacinta Murray, Leka Nablu and Hitelai Polume-Kiele.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer more than a year ago but stoically continued her duties for as long as she was able.
At the time of her death, Justice Davani was a sitting judge in the civil court track at Waigani.
She passed away peacefully in the presence of husband John and her family who had flown to Brisbane to be with her.
Justice Davani, from Central Province, graduated from the Legal Training Institute in November 1984 and practiced law until her appointment as a judge of PNG’s National and Supreme Court in March 2001.