District Court, Buka

PNG's judicial system consists of Village Courts, District Courts and the National Court which is the superior trial court.  Magisterial Services (established by section 173(1) of Constitution of Papua New Guinea) administers the District Court system within PNG, and there are 57 District Court establishments across the nation staffed by 88 magistrates and more than 500 court support staff.

The District Court's key functional jurisdictions include:

  • Hearing of Civil matters (general civil and family court),
  • Hearing of Criminal cases (committal and summary),
  • Establishing Leadership and Administrative tribunals,
  • Hearing matters relating to Land (Local and Provincial Land Courts),
  • Conducting Village Court appeals and reviews,
  • Juvenile Criminal Court matters,
  • Pikinini (Civil) Court matters, and
  • Coroner’s Court

The District Court uses formal and informal approaches for settling grievances, particularly in the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Magistrates can also make orders for a community work order to be undertaken by a defendant who has been found guilty.  Where mitigating factors outweigh the aggravating factors, the defendant may be placed on probation with conditions for community work and/or payment of compensation. 

Contact:

Mr Bruce Tasikul - Senior Provincial Magistrate

Buka District Court, PO Box 118, Buka.

Ph: 973 9736/9745/9221  |  Fax: 973 9745/9279

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Arawa Disrtrict Court

PO Box 252,Arawa | Ph: 973 9211 

Fax: 973 9211

Buin Disrtrict Court


Village Courts, ARB


Village Courts are an essential part of PNG's formal court system.  They are established under the Village Courts Act 1989 and the Village Court Regulations 1973.  There are more than 1,500 Village Courts across the country, supported by over 15,000 officials, including 900 women.  Each Village Court has 4-5 Village Magistrates (appointed by the Minister for Justice as judicial officers), 3-4 Peace Officers, and 1 Clerk.  Over 90% of people living in PNG have access to a Village Court, which have the jurisdiction to settle local disputes and deal with minor crimes using customary conflict-resolution approaches wherever possible.

Village Courts are the largest provider of restorative justice services in PNG, and are authorised to do the following:
  • Mediate disputes between individuals, clans or communities.
  • Encourage parties in dispute to use local conflict resolution processes such as the "Local Chieftain System" or "Community of Elders".
  • Convene a Full Court Sitting (if mediation fails or the parties do not want to use mediation) or convene a Joint Court Sitting if the matter involves people from different Village Court areas.
  • Issue formal Preventive Orders to stop further harm, damage or fighting offences.
  • Deal with minor crimes through mediation or court sittings.  The primary goal is to achieve an outcome that is acceptable to all parties and, if this cannot be achieved, the Court can make decisions and make orders (eg. fine, compensation, restitution, work order, etc.)
  • Ensure that Village Court orders are obeyed under the Village Courts Act 1989.  If defendants fail to obey these orders, the Court can issue an Imprisonment Order which then needs to be endorsed by the District Court.
  • Refer a matter to a higher court for serious offences outside the jurisdiction of the Village Court Act and Regulations.
  • Refer a matter to another service provider (eg. Department of Community Development).

Contact:

Mr Herbert Kimai

Adviser, Provincial Programs

Office of the Advisor, P.O. Box 61, Buka

Autonomous Region of Bougainville

Ph: 9739234

Facsimile: 9739797

Autonomous Region of Bougainville has 96 Village Courts

 


Probation, Parole & Juvenile Justice Services, Buka


CBC is an agency within the Department of Justice & Attorney General.  CBC has offices in every province across PNG and it plays a central role in developing and implementing restorative justice programs throughout the country.  It provides members of the community with access to community justice services which include the provision of non-custodial rehabilitation programs for both adult and juvenile offenders.  This assists offenders to re-enter society as responsible, productive citizens.

CBC is responsible for:
  • Drafting and submitting Pre-Sentencing Reports and Means Assessment Reports to the National and District Courts in order to assist the courts on appropriate alternatives to prison sentences for convicted offenders.  These alternatives could include probation, community service, mediation, restitution, compensation, counselling, rehabilitation or other diversionary strategies aimed to divert offenders from further misconduct.
  • Drafting Pre-Parole Reports in consultation with Correctional Services and the Parole Board.
  • Establishing links with government agencies, businesses, and NGOs to arrange short-term work assignments for offenders under Court orders.
  • Supervising and counselling of adult and juvenile offenders on community-based Court orders, and also parolees bound by Parole Orders to do community work.
  • Providing Courts with reports on breaches of court orders.
  • Conducing inspection visits of juvenile detention and correctional facilities

Contact:

Senior Probation Officer

Probation, Parole & Juvenile Justice Services

Dept. Of Justice & Attorney General

PO Box 118, Buka, AROB

Ph: 9482349/9482350/7374297

Fax: 9739270


Provincial Administration & Dept. for Community Development, ARB


The Provincial Administrations across PNG have Community Development Branches, which provide services on behalf of the Department of Community Development.  The Welfare Officers and Child Protection Officers employed by the Provincial Administration administer the provisions of a number of acts, including the Laukautim Pikinini Act, Deserted wife & Children Act, Marriage Act, National Youth Service Act, and National Council of Women Incorporation Act.

 

Provincial welfare, gender & child protection officers provide the following services to the public:
  • Investigation and reporting of cases of abuse or neglect involving family or children (including domestic violence)
  • Assist with juveniles in the Police lock-ups and negotiate for their removal from the cells where appropriate
  • Deal with adoption applications and birth registration
  • Monitor employment of children in the workforce
  • Conduct counselling and mediation on all issues affecting families (particularly in relation to family conflicts, child abuse, adultery, and sexual assault/harassment)
  • Inspections of Child-Minding Centres and early childhood development programs
  • Conduct awareness programs to communities and attend school board meetings
  • Provide referrals in relation to custody & maintenance, adultery cases, & adoption

Contact:

The Principal Advisor

Community Development Division

Bougainville Autonomous Government

PO Box 322, Buka  |  Ph: 973 9234/ 716 14100

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Correctional Services, ARB


Established under the Correctional Services Act, Papua New Guinea Correctional Services is the government agency responsible for the custody, confinement and rehabilitation of offenders and prisoners.  It is also responsible for the effective administration of the agency.  CS is responsible for operating correctional institutions across all provinces in PNG.

CS provides the following rehabilitation programs in its correctional institutions:
  • Vocational training (literacy skills, training in basic building trades - carpentry, roofing, brick & stone laying, metalwork, electrical and plumbing - agricultural skills for oil palm, cocoa, coffee & rice farming as well as fishing)
  • Counseling, mentoring, conflict resolution and mediation
  • Awareness programs on gender respect, domestic violence, and the prevention & spread of HIV.
  • Prisoner review and recommendation for detainee placement on parole or release on license

Contact:

Correctional Services Head Office

P.O. Box 6889, Boroko NCD

Ph: 323 1855/323 1978   |   Fax: 323 0407

Buka CIS   |  Ph: 973 9389   |   Fax: 973 9389

 


Catholic Church, ARB


The Catholic Church of Papua New Guinea is made up of 4 Archdioceses and 15 Dioceses in Vanimo, Altape, Wewak, Lae, Madang, Mt Hagen, Wabag, Mendi, Goroka, Kundiawa, Kavieng, Kimbe, Rabaul, Kerema, Daru, Aloutau, Berina, and Port Moresby.  The church runs numerous programs across PNG (regional contact details can be obtained by ringing the Port Moresby numbers below)

The church programs include:
  • Pastoral Service:  training, planning, monitoring & evaluation
  • Marriage Tribunal:  church marriage separations & related matters
  • Youth Ministry:  training
  • HIV:  awareness, testing, treatment & care
  • Drugs & Alcohol:  awareness & counselling
  • Family Life:  awareness, training & counselling
  • Social Apostolate:  skills training (sewing, cooking & handcrafts)
  • Remand & Rehabilitation Centres:  care, training & supervision
  • Women's Ministry:  all programs relating to family and gender issues
  • Family Services & Caritas:  counselling, skills training (literacy, farming, cooking, leadership, disaster relief, & integral human

Contact:

Bougainville Diocese   |   Ph: 973 9052

Nazareth Sisters    |    Ph: 973 9001

Health Secretary    |    Ph: 973 9045

Family Life Team    |    JPh: 973 9094 


Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation, Buka & Kubu


The Nazareth Centre is a Catholic Church organisation which runs a number of Safe Houses across the province with a staff of 23 full-time volunteers and 1 financial officer in the Buka office.  The Safe Houses are funded through DKA, an Austrian Catholic funding agency’s Women Accessing Justice Program.  The Nazareth Centre also runs a prison fellowship program at the Buket prison.  This program is supported by the ABG through targeted funding from the Governance Implementation Fund (AusAID and NZAID).  The Centre is also self-funding through the sale of farm produce, rents on their houses, and venue hire charges.

The Centre offers:
  • Safe places for those in need, especially women and children, and counselling and paralegal services for victims
  • Training programs to empower women and young people
  • Assistance in the rehabilitation and reconciliation (mediation) ceremonies and facilitate dialogue with perpetrators
  • Engage with men and boys to adopt non-violent behaviour and values
  • Training of mediators in the villages in partnership with Peace Foundation Melanesia
  • Provide training in agricultural skills

Contact:

Sr. Lorraine Garasu

Coordinator, Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation

Catholic Congregation for the Sisters of Nazareth, P O Box 195, BUKA, ARB

Ph:: 948 0734/ 717 58835

Location:   Nazareth Center, Chabai, Mainland Bougainville in the Selau-Suir District

Billa Goretti Safe House at Kubu  |  Ph: 7275 1355


Leitana Nehan Agency, Buka


The Leitana Nehan is a local NGO which is receives funding assistance from the Dept for Community Development as well as a number of donor organisations.  It has7 Board members; 11 paid staff; 38 volunteers and more than 100 affiliated members.

The Agency’s primary purpose is to provide:
  • Confidential counselling to survivors of domestic and sexual violence
  • A male advocates program for problem youth
  • A 20 minutes weekly radio programs covering topical issues
  • An awareness program at community level on social issues including women and children’s issues, gender and human rights
  • Workshops in villages and also for Village Court Magistrates and COEs on gender issues. 
  • Provide counselling and also referrals to the Nazareth Centre to take part in their rehabilitation programs. 
  • Refer female victims to the Police Women’s Desk and accompany them to ensure fair treatment.

Contact:

Mrs. Helen Hakena - Director Leitana Nehan Agency

P O Box 22, BUKA, ARB  |  Ph: 973 9062 / 727 89272

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Location:  Building next to City Pharmacy


Mabiri Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre, Buka & Kubu


The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea is made up of five dioceses – Port Moresby, Aipo Rongo, Dogura, New Guinea Islands, and Popondetta.  Priests are trained at Newton Theological College, Popondetta, and catechists at Kerina Evangelists' College at Tsendiap in Western Highlands Province.  The Anglican National Office and the church's administrative headquarters is at Lae. The Anglican Education Division operates 3 high schools, about 100 community schools and 2 vocational centres, whilst the Anglican Health Service runs 3 health centres (rural hospitals), 12 health sub-centres and 12 aid posts.

The church provides several programs in PNG:

  • Church Partnership Program (Lae), run in partnership with other Christian churches (counselling and training in Literacy, gender empowerment, and HIV prevention)
  • Anglicare, which provides services (in Port Moresby, Popondetta & Mt Hagen) to those infected & affected by HIV (testing, counselling, home care, and training of health workers)
  • Mother' Union, provides training and family life support to mothers, and care to the sick, imprisoned or disabled (all diocese)
  • Women in Ministry, support women (in Popondetta) who are sick and homeless and encourage women to take up roles in the church councils
  • Sisters of the Visitation, run an orphanage (outside Popondetta) for children, advocates for children's rights, and provide counselling
  • Society of Saint Francis, a ministry which provides care (in Popondetta) for the homeless, including shelter, counselling and mediation.

Contact:

Sr. Lorraine Garasu

Coordinator, Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation

Catholic Congregation for the Sisters of Nazareth, P O Box 195, BUKA, ARoB

Ph:: 948 0734/ 717 58835

Location:   Nazareth Center, Chabai, Mainland Bougainville in the Selau-Suir District

Billa Goretti Safe House at Kubu |  Ph: 7275 1355


Caritas Papua New Guinea – Bougainville Catholic Diocese


Caritas PNG is an agency of the Catholic Bishops Conference (CBC) of PNG & Solomon Islands. They promote Integral Human Development of the grassroots citizens of PNG.The mission of Caritas PNG is to take active role in social justice, peace, ecology, and human development issues as part of the pastoral mission of the Church, promote Catholic Social Teaching, address injustice, inequalities, poverty and dependency which undermine human dignity, and be a voice for the poor and marginalized to build a better PNG. 

It has operates through main goals: Integral Human Development (IHD), Disaster & Relief Management, Helping the Poor and Marginalized, Research & Advocacy, Child Protection, Gender Equality, Ecological Stewardship & Care of God’s Creation, Democratic Governance.

  • Community mobilization and action program – Cooperative Society/Community Association formations and trainings).
  • Leadership training for Village Ward Councillors, Village Courts, and Peace Mediators, etc. Peace-building (conflict management, restorative justice, conflict mediation/)
  • Women’s empowerment (economic, leadership, personality)
  • Community leadership training.
  • Youth formation program for delinquent youths.
  • Male advocates for peace and development in communities.
  • Counselling services for victims of gender violence/sexual violence, and other forms of emotional restoration.

Contact:

Mr. Wilhelm Aropea Toang

Diocesan Caritas Coordinator

Bougainville Catholic Diocese

P O Box 85, Buka,  AROB

Ph: 973 9052  |  Fax: 973 9043  |  Mob: 7663 3125

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National Youth Development Authority – Buka, AROB


The National Youth Development Authority is a government agency established to provide policy directives for the youth of PNG. It provides a framework for planning and program development for all agencies and organisations involved in youth development work. Inclusive in its policy area for stakeholders to develop and implement programs is Law Order and Justice with the objectives to promote, maintain safety, security and peace in communities.

  • Provide capacity building for stakeholders/program partners
  • Strengthen community policing programs at the Provincial, District and Ward level
  • Encourage community based peer leadership on crime prevention and restorative justice programs for young people
  • Educate young people on their Rights against abuse and violence
  • Indentify and market rehabilitation training programs
  • Establish partner with training and rehabilitation institutions
  • Maintain and monitor youth program/project

Contact:

Mr Karaho Siwa Mana  |   Mob: 7161 4100

Community Development Officer, PO Box 322, Buka, AROB

Mobile:71626719/79768878  |  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mr. Herman Pidian - Senior HR Officer

P.O.Box 322, BUKA, AROB  |  Ph: 973 9585  |   Mob: 7904 7720