Justice Judith Potter will preside over a full schedule of cases at the High Court this week.
Before the first criminal trial got under way yesterday, there were scenes of celebration as Kathleen Bell and Tepuretu Whitta made an important step forward in their legal careers - being admitted as barristers and solicitors of the High Court of the Cook Islands.
Later in the morning, a jury trial began in which Palmerston resident Andrew Marsters faces nine charges of sexual assault, involving the alleged violation of several children under the age of 15 (see separate story, this page)
On Wednesday there will be a break from the jury trial for the criminal sentencing of Columbian national Luis Garcia Atehortua.
Atehortua, who is linked with an investigation into the Ecuadorian fishing vessel Nino Maravilla on Aitutaki, appeared in court last Thursday charged with failing to declare a previous conviction.
There will be another criminal sentencing on Friday, March 16, for Kaveao Kaveao, who is charged with possession of cannabis and possession of a utensil for drug use.
The Marsters case will occupy the rest of the day.
On Tuesday, March 20 Ngametua Tiatoa, represented by Mark Short, will be sentenced on charges involving trespass, assault, burglary and contempt of court.
There will be more sentencings on Thursday, March 22, when Okotai Rongo, represented by Norman Goerge, will learn his punishment for a charge of possession of a utensil for drug use. George will also represent Okirua Manuela who will be sentenced for possession of a utensil for drug use, three charges of theft and two charges of wilful damage. He is also charged with threatening to kill and trespass.
Christian Tai, represented by Wilkie Rasmussen, will be sentenced on charges of possession of a utensil for drug use and possession of cannabis.
At 1pm there will be criminal jury trial callovers in the cases of Kimiora Manuel, charged with causing grievous bodily harm, Nooroa Kakino (threatening to kill), Pera Pera (manslaughter), Eutril Enoka (rape), Chase Hunt (possession of cannabis seeds, possession of cannabis), Andy Andrew (indecent assault) and Noah Davey (possession of a utensil for drug use).
Also appearing on callover will be Ngatupuna Teinakitama who is charged with possession of a utensil for drug use and two charges of burglary and Tereapii Greig who is charged with careless driving causing injury.
Criminal callovers without plea will be held for Tryonne Weerasinghe who is charged with theft by conversion and Metuavaine Rakei, who is representing himself on charges of threatening to do grievous bodily harm and assault on a female.
Also on callover without plea are Christian Goodwin, charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, wounding with intent to injure and wounding with reckless regard, Aroa Maea and Ngatokotoru Nicholas (possession of cannabis).
On Friday March 23 a parole board hearing in chambers will be followed by more criminal sentencing involving Ngatae Mokotua who is representing himself on a charge of careless driving causing injury, Vilma Wachter (cultivation of cannabis), Henry Wachter (cultivation of cannabis, possession of a utensil for drug use and Joseph Wachter (three charges of possession of a utensil for drug use.
Up for mention on the same day will be a case involving a claim for $11,791.50 involving Betsy Isler of Gemini Ltd v Garth Broadhead, a director of Pacific Schooners Ltd.
Other cases for mention will include a claim of $172,472 involving Pacific Maritime Holdings Inc versus the Registrar of International and Foreign Companies and a claim for $562,100 involving Taio Shipping Ltd versus Federal Pacific Insurance (Cook Islands) Ltd.
Justice Potter arrived on the island on Saturday, and will leave on the afternoon of Saturday, March 24.