District Court, Wewak, Dagua, Maprik, & Angoram


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. 


Wewak District Court

PO Box 143, Wewak

Ph: 456 2251/2639,  Fax: 456 2328

Maprik Court House

PO Box 101, Maprik

Ph: 458 1274, Fax: 458 1273

Angoram Court House

PO Box 54, Angoram

Ph: 458 3090

Village Courts, East Sepik Province

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).


Mr Francis Kambaka

Provincial Village Courts Officer

Office of the Provincial Administrator

Local Level Government and Village Courts

Free Mail Bag, Wewak

East Sepik Province

Ph: 4561969

Facsimile: 4561969

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East Sepik has 129 Village Courts

Probation, Parole & Juvenile Justice Services, Wewak

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


Senior Probation Officer

Probation, Parole & Juvenile Justice Services

Dept. Of Justice & Attorney General

PO Box 1027, Wewak, ESP

Ph/Fax: 456 1013 or 7108 1385

Probation Officer

PO Box 323, Maprik, ESP

Ph: 458 1212

Fax: 458 1202

Provincial Administration & Dept. for Community Development, East Sepik

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


The Principal Advisor

Community Development Division

East Sepik Provincial Government

PO Box 899, Wewak, ESP

Ph:  456 2481

Correctional Services - East Sepik Province

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


Correctional Services Head Office

P.O. Box 6889, Boroko NCD

Ph: 323 1855/323 1978

Fax: 323 0407

Boram CIS

Ph:  856 2006  |  Fax: 856 2102

Catholic Church, East Sepik Province

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


Wewak Diocese

Diocesan Office

Ph:  456 2346

Rosary Sisters Novitiate

Ph:  456 1514

Health Secretary

Ph:  456 3051


Salvation Army, Wewak

The Salvation Army is a Protestant Christian Church known for its extensive philanthropy and charity work.  It is an international movement in over 122 counties, including PNG, where it was established in 1956.  The Salvation Army runs numerous programs within PNG with the assistance of numerous volunteers.  Its head office is in Port Moresby with a number of branches across the Country.

The Salvation Army’s key program are:

  • Juvenile Justice advocacy in courts, children/defendants (court sittings, juvenile visitation and follow-up)
  • Restorative Justice Awareness & Training Program ((Central Province, Kerema, Abau District, Lae and Sepik)
  • Supporting the poor with food and clothing
  • Providing clean water, sanitation and health education
  • Educational facilities - child-care, primary & secondary schools and a Flexible Open Distance Education program (FODE)
  • Child Protection & Victims Support Program (legal assistance, support during court trial or proceedings) at National Court, Waigani
    FSV, Lifeline, Family Support Centre, Haus Ruth City Mission, Police    Victim Desk, PPO, PSO and National Court.
  • Literacy  Class  for children in the Salvation Army Community
  • Hostel and Motel accommodation
  • Prison Ministry Program ( Combine dedication Services)
  • Women, Children and youths Ministry Program in Divisions


Salvation Army Headquarter

PO Box 1323, Boroko, NCD

Ph: 325 5507/ 3255522  Fax: 325 3534

Mr Gini Kevin

Territorial Coordinator & Juvenile Justice Officer,  Ph: 325 5507/22/07  Fax: 325 3534

South Central Division

Box 1323, Boroko, NCD

Ph: 321 6000   Fax: 321 6008

North Eastern Division

Box 343 Kainantu, EHP

Ph:5371220  Fax: 5371482

North Coastal Division

Box 667, Lae, Morobe Province

Ph: 472 0905    Fax:  4720897

North West Division

Box 365, Goroka EHP

Ph: 532 1382  Fax: 5321218

South Eastern Division

Box 49, Kwikila, Rigo Central Province

Ph: 329 5008   Fax: 325 3534

Sepik Division

Box 184, Wewak, ESP

Ph/Fax 456 1642

Tingim Laip Program, Wewak

The Tingim Laip Program was established by the National AIDS Council and AusAID in 2004.  The program aims to build capacity and empower communities at high of the disease.

The Tingim Laip Program offers:
  • Training in HIV prevention and drug and alcohol harm reduction strategies
  • Training in youth leadership and empowerment


Ms Rose Yadah Mauyat

Tingim Laip Program

East Sepik Council of Women Residence

Wewak Hill, PO Box 25, Wewak, ESP

Boystown Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre - Wewak

Boystown Rehabilitation Centre is a Catholic Church agency and managed by the Sacred Heart Brothers.  The Centre accommodates and rehabilitates male juvenile offenders sentenced by the Juvenile and National Courts in Papua New Guinea.  The Centre has a primary school with a full-time teacher and runs rehabilitative programs such as farming skills development, carpentry, mechanical skills, etc.

The Centre provides a range of services designed to accommodate and rehabilitate juvenile offenders:
  • Secure accommodation
  • Skill training in farming, building and metal work
  • Educational programs (primary school and lower secondary education opportunities)
  • Building of life skills and religious values
  • Sporting activities


Br. Ben Werao

Boystown Rehabilitation Centre

P O Box 107

Wewak  East Sepik Province

Ph: 7160 0556

Wewak General Hospital

The General Hospital at Wewak provides a counselling service to victims of crime and abuse.

  • Counselling for abused clients, writing report or statement and referring cases to Police, Welfare and to the Court/Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre.
  • Physical abuse, sexual, child abuse, verbal abuse, rape, drug overdose, marital problems, drug and alcohol cases, suicidal cases.


Ms Schola Jiramie

Wewak General Hospital

Wewak, East Sepik Province

East Sepik Council of Women Inc, ESP

The East Sepik Council of Women is a NGO registered with the IPA.  It provides numerous services for women across the following districts (Wewak, Maprik, Angoram, Ambunti, Drekikier, Yangoru, Saussia and Wosera Gawi.

The Council of Women provide:

  • Shelter for victims of assault (including repatriation support)
  • Crisis counselling & Mediation
  • Awareness training on gender-based violence and male advocacy
  • Paralegal services to women


Ms Sophie Mangai

Wewak Co-ordinator

Ph: 7236 1363 | Fax: 456 1126

Nana Kundi Crisis Centre, Maprik

The Nana Kundi Crisis Centre provides counselling and support to victims of gender based violence.  It is assisted by Oxfam International.

The Nana Kundi Crisis Centre offers:

  • Crisis counselling, paralegal aid support, mediation, court mediation
  • Refuge home services for victims of family violence


Mr Lawrance Igiam - Director

Nana Kundi Crisis Centre

P.O.BOX 184, MAPRIK  East Sepik Province

Mercy Works PNG (Wewak)

Mercy Works in an NGO founded in 2006 by the Sisters of Mercy Australia & PNG who are committed to reaching out to the poor and vulnerable within the community.  It receives funding from individual donors and churches and works closely through a number of government and non-government organisations, including Police, CBC, Courts, Community Development, Correctional Services, Department of Education, Ombudsman's Office, Public Solicitor, hospitals, media, and human rights bodies.

Mercy Works offers the following services:

  • Advocacy on human rights issues on media programs
  • Support to juveniles when appearing in court
  • Awareness raising in villages (women, youths, men and victims)
  • Rehabilitation programs in prisons – Health, personal development, human rights and skills training in cooking, sewing and craft
  • Repatriation programs for juveniles
  • Outreach programs to street gangs, former prisoners, sex workers, widows, deserted women, victims of crime, and HIV sufferers
  • Referral program to other relevant agencies and organisations, and
  • Follow-up visits to prisoners released into the community

Contact:  Sr Theresa Naka

Project Co-ordinator

Mercy Works

Sisters of Mercy

Wewak, ESP

Ph:  456 2481

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St. Anna Crisis Centre, Worsera-Gawi

The St Anna Crisis Centre is a concept which came out of the Wosera Gawi District Council of Women's Development Plan.   It is assisted by Oxfam International.

The Centre:

  • Provides Family and trauma counselling
  • Facilitates skills training programs in sewing, cooking, and farming
  • Represents the interests of women and children's right within the community


Anna Kinebange - Director

P.O.BOX 223, Wewak, East Sepik Province

Ph: 4360615

Help Resources Inc, Wewak

Help Resources Inc. works in partnership with NGOs, CBOs, churches and youth groups in the promotion of human rights, (particularly women and children), poverty alleviation, water sanitation, training programs, and HIV care.

Help Resources is involved in the following programs:
  • HIVAids care and counselling
  • Counselling and care of victims of domestic violence
  • Training in human rights and community development


Mr Timothy Deklin - Executvie Director

Help Resources Inc.

P.O.BOX 1071, Wewak, E. S. P

Missionary Training College & Academy, Wewak

The Missionary Training College (Yawasoro Vocational Centre) was established in 1983 to teach and equip underprivileged youth with basic vocational skills.  It is a registered school under the Technical Vocational Education training wing of the Education Department.  It provides skills training for boys and girls in grades 8, 9 &10.  It helps to rehabilitate inmates from the Boram jail and also provides trade skills for Correctional Officers and Defence Force personnel who are reaching retirement age.

Yawasoro Vocational Centre provides vocational courses in:
  • Carpentry
  • Mechanics and auto-electricals
  • Welding
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Information Technology


Yawasoro Technical Vocational Education & Training Centre

P.O.BOX 320, Wewak, East Sepik Province

Family for Change Association INC, ESP

FFC Provides a range of services to children, young people, families that strength and support families and build strong communities. Our Vision is – For each and every family to change for a fair, safe and strong community with access to opportunities for a sustainable livelihood

These are the services that we provide:

  • Safe House
  • Counselling
  • Mediation (Including sorcery, welfare, land mediations)
  • Welfare services mediations – Family disputes, dissolutions of marriage, marital disputes, child abuse, child custody
  • Paralegal services
  • Human rights (assistance of remandees)
  • Repatriation and reintegration


Ms. Veronica Simogun

Director – Family for Change INC


East Sepik Province

Phone: 7377 8013 / 7120 4789

Foundation of Women in Agriculture Development Cooperative Society, ESP

FOWIAD was incorporated in 1997 as a civil society organisation. FOWIAD seeks and utilises innovative solutions to enhance the capacity of each rural household targeting primarily the women family members to join the FOWIAD network of partners. FOWIAD’s mission is to actively engage in improving food production and preservation and income generation as a means of alleviating poverty, thus fulfilling the millennium Development goals of Eradication of Poverty and Gender participation.  We enhance family wellbeing and educate starting at the lowest level as possible. FOWIAD administers strategic development intervention in line with government agro-agriculture policy under a four key components/program.

FOWIAD uses these four key components each managed by a Senior Officer.

  • Agriculture and Livestock technology Development  (Lisa Tap)
  • Downstream processing (Antonia Nakau)
  • Development communication (Jacklyin Pandun)
  • Learning and capacity building (Rosemary Imara)
  • Rural technological innovations (Betty Ninowale)
  • Cross cutting Issues ( Helen Kaprai)


Mrs. Monica Jeddah-Otto   

Executive Direct of Foundation of Women in Agriculture Development Cooperative Society

PO BOX 250, WEWAK, E. S. P

Phone: 7321278

Miriwa Cooperative Society Ltd, ESP

Miriwa Coso Ltd as over 100 affiliated members and main focus is to empower resource owners to take ownership, improve basic skills and knowledge, better access to market infrastructure of Agriculture commodities, provide equal participation through gender and provide cash earning opportunities to all its affiliated and non-afflicted members in Turubu LLG, Wewak District and Province as a whole

Our Key services that we provide are:

  • Main police centre is almost 40 km away from Project operation site while police sub centre is about 12 km away. So project can provide counselling to members and non-members
  • Participate all youth by engaging them into Agriculture farming systems such as livestock farming, cash crops, food security like growing rice, etc.
  • Participate youths, women and men by hired labour to piece work on project so that they are busy
  • Provide basic training to improve their skills and knowledge to cultivate land into cash income instead of being a chief etc. Creating Law and order problems
  • Project recognise them as they are born to be cared for through such project initiative through this organisation
  • Better access to customary laws are enforces through this organisation to members and non-members


Mr. Beta Wandarut

General Manager / Provincial Crops Officer

Mobile: 7311 9186

Mr. Haditte Pius

Chairman / Admin Clerk

Mobile: 7132 2657

Miriwa Cooperative Society Ltd,

C/- Hawampi ILG


East Sepik Province

Office Phone: 456 2688

Save Mission (Wewak Christian Academy), ESP

We teach Godly divine ideals on the basis of holistically or integral Human Development. We also teach individuals to be self-reliant in the future. Our students are also gain trade skills like: Business studies, Computing, Agriculture, Carpentry etc...

We have classes from Elementary to Grade 12.

The Academy provides the following services:

  • Counselling programmes on human reproductive process in view of HIV/AIDS epidemic
  • Juvenile and Family Life counselling outreach
  • Trade skills training
  • Self-Reliance and self-esteem ideas taught
  • Theology – Godly ideals for better human interactions between fellowman and
  • Business College – Equip necessary ideas for one to be self-reliance economically


Pastor John Wamane

School Principle

PO BOX 674, WEWAK, E. S. P

Phone: 456 2528 | Mob: 7362 3081

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Caritas Papua New Guinea – Wewak 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 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.


Mr. Francis Kemaken

Diocesan Caritas Coordinator

Wewak Catholic Diocese

P O Box 107, Wewak,  ESP

Ph: 456 2346

Fax: 456 2142

MB: 7368 7148

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National Youth Development Authority – Wewak, East Sepik Province

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


Alphonse Kami - HR Manager

East Sepik Provincial Administration BMS,FMB,WEWAK, E. S. P

 Ph: 456 1337 | Mob: 7171 7711

Fax:456 1109

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Diana Kaumas - Youth Officer

Community Development

East Sepik Provincial Administration BMS,FMB,WEWAK, East Sepik Province

Mobile: 72043851

Rose Wangi

Women’s Officer Community Development

East Sepik Provincial Administration BMS,FMB,WEWAK, East Sepik Province


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Provincial Advisor CDO

Ph: 456 2481  |  Fax: 456 2860