A lawyer from the Director of Public Prosecutions Office was allowed time to seek advice from her superiors on the filing of a nolle prosequi in a rape trial.
DPP lawyer Leba Koto is the state prosecutor in the case.
The trial was to have begun yesterday but Ms Koto told the court the complainant, a Solomon Islander, had returned to the Solomon Islands.
The matter was called before High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo.
"I have said over and over again that you do not make your problems become my problems," he said.
"You should have arranged for the complainant to give evidence through skype.
"I have only two options here, one is for you to file a nolle prosequi or to go to trial and I discharge him for a no-case-to-answer.
"But I am going to allow you time to go back and seek help from your bosses."
Justice Temo further said: "My main concern is that man in the dock, I have locked him for more than a year now and you are here telling me that complainant is not here?"