National Court, Kokopo

The National Court (established under s163 of the Constitution of Papua New Guinea) is the superior-level trial court in Papua New Guinea and the Supreme Court (established under s160) is the final court of appeal and the highest court in the country.  Judges of the National Court form panels of the Supreme Court on an ad hoc basis to hear appeals from the National Court and administrative tribunals.  Both the Supreme Court and the National Courts have an inherent power to make orders in the nature of prerogative writs and such other orders as are necessary to do justice in the circumstances of a particular case.

The National and Supreme Courts can, at the time of sentencing of a convicted offender, consider a range of non-custodial measures.  In so doing, the Courts would take account of the rehabilitative needs of the offender, the protection of society and the interests of the victim(s).  Non-custodial options include:
  • Reprimand and warning
  • Conditional discharge
  • monetary penalties, such as fines
  • Confiscation or an expropriation order
  • Restitution to the victim or a compensation order
  • Suspended or deferred sentence
  • Probation and judicial supervision with or without orders for restitution or community work orders
  • Referral to a rehabilitation centre with conditions

Contact:

Assistant Registrar

National Court,

PO Box 381, Kokopo, ENBP

Ph: 982 8750

Fax: 982 8467

 


District Court, Kokopo & Rabaul


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:

Kokopo District Court

PO Box 381, Kokopo.

Ph: 982 9497/9135,  Fax: 982 8496/9573

Rabaul District Court House

PO Box 1678, Rabaul.

Ph: 982 1462, Fax: 982 1462

Kerevat District Court House  | CUG: 7191 1249


Village Courts, ENB 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).

Contact:

Mr Aaron Maramun

Adviser Law and Justice

Office of the Provincial Administrator

P.O. Box 714, Rabaul

East New Britain

Ph: 9838626

Facsimile: 9825512

East New Britain has 43 Village Courts


Probation, Parole & Juvenile Justice Services, Kokopo


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 1755, Rabaul, ENBP

Ph/Fax: 982 8846

Mobile:  7005 1673


Provincial Administration & Dept. for Community Development, ENB


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:

Community Development Division

East New Britain Provincial Administration

PO Box 714, Rabaul

Ph:  982 9125 or 982 9175

Mobile:  7354 6719    |    Fax: 982 8512


Office of the Public Prosecutor, Kokopo


The core function of the Office of the Public Prosecutor (OPP) is the prosecution of matters in the National Courts and criminal appeals in the Supreme Court across PNG.  The Public Prosecutor is empowered under the Constitution to control the exercise and performance of the prosecution function of the State.  As part of the conduct of prosecutions the OPP has contact with victims of crime. 

As part of its prosecution function the OPP provides an information and referral service to victims of crime whose matters are before the National and Supreme Courts.  This involves:

  • Liaison with victims of crime during the conduct of prosecutions in the superior courts.  Liaison with victims takes the form of referral to support services and provision of information as to the criminal justice process and court proceedings;
  • Support to victims during court proceedings; and
  • Assisting victims with preparation of Victim Impact Statements for presentation to the court at sentence hearings.

OPP also makes submissions on the appropriate penalties for convicted persons

Contact:

Office of the Public Prosecutor

P.O. Box 407, Rabaul, ENBP

Ph: 982 8716, 7100 2308

Fax 982 8816


Correctional Services, ENB 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

Contact:

Correctional Services Head Office

P.O. Box 6889, Boroko NCD

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

Kerevat CIS | Ph: 275 9825 | Fax: 275 9827


Catholic Church, ENB 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

Contact:

Rabaul Arch Diocese | Ph: 982 8369

Catholic Women's Desk | Ph: 982 8709

Christian Family Life    |     Ph: 982 8709

Health Secretary      |      Ph: 982 8053

Vunapope Hospital    |    Ph: 983 8355


East New Britain Council of Churches


The ENB Council of Churches is a Christian-based NGO with 2 Officers.  It operates through a wide network of church based members down to the village level. It is also represented on the Provincial Juvenile Justice Committee and the Police, Law & Order Committee

The Council offers:
  • Counselling and mediation services to schools and the community
  • Capacity building programs where necessary

Contact:

Rev Amos ToNiiba - ENB Counsel of Churches

C/- P.O.BOX 714, KOKOPO  East New Britain


Adventist Development & Relief Agency (ADRA), Kokopo


ADRA is an international NGO established in 1984 by the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  Its primary purpose is individual and community development and disaster relief.  ADRA helps people in need, especially those most vulnerable such as women, children and senior citizens, irrespective of ethnicity, political affiliation, gender or religion.  ADRA (PNG) implements a large diversified development program funded by a variety of donors, mostly Australian-based.  It has offices in Lae and Kokopo with 52 paid staff and 70 volunteers involved in health education (including HIV/AIDS), adult literacy, small enterprise development, water and sanitation, and disaster response.

ADRA provides:

  • Educational programs health, adult literacy, small enterprise development
  • Water and sanitation development
  • Disaster response
  • ADRA is willing and able to provide supervision of parolees and probationers

Contact:

Mr Max Inia - Project Manager

ADRA (PNG)

PO Box 2495, Kokopo | Ph: 7264 7164


East New Britain Council of Women Inc, Kokopo


The East New Britain Council of Women is a NGO registered with the IPA.  It is an organisation responsible for women empowerment in all areas of development (social, political and economic).

The Council of Women provides:

  • Counselling
  • Paralegal training and services
  • Community services
  • Women adult literacy
  • Skills training
  • Co-ordination of the women's network of the province

Contact:

Ms Alice Pawa - President

ENB Council of Women

Ph: 7358 8667


Law & Order Committee


The Law & Order Committee is a community based organisation with 4 members comprising of a Vice Chair person, secretary and two committee members. 

The Committee offers:
  • Counselling and mediation services to settle local disputes and minor infringements of the law
  • Rehabilitation referrals to appropriate organisations

Contact:

Mr. Emory Tilik - Chairman, Law & Order Committee  

Ngarur Ward, Raluana LLG, KOKOPO, ENB


Ombudsman Commission of Papua New Guinea, Islands Regional Office - ENBP


The Ombudsman Commission is an independent constitutional Institution created by the Constitution in 1975.

 It consists of the Chief Ombudsman and two Ombudsman. A vibrant premier institution in persuit of promoting good governance and quality leadership in PNG by the year 2019

The main functions of the commission are to:

  • Investigate complaints about the administrative actions of governmental bodies and agencies
  • Administer the Leadership Code (outlines in the Constitution) by conducting investigations into the actions of Leaders
  • Investigate discriminatory practices under the “Discriminatory Practices Act” and the “HIV/AIDS Management and Prevention Act.”

Clarification on complaints

  • Complaints can be lodged by anybody directly affected by a decision or action of a governmental body, agency or a leader
  • All complaints are treated with strict confidence until all investigations are completed
  • Complaints will be advised in writing on the outcome of their complaint

Contact:

Regional Manager

Islands Regional Office

Tropicana Building

Section 6, Lot 22, Tagigira Street

P.O. Box 35, Kokopo 613, East New Britain

Telephone: 982 8792 | Fax: 982 8953

 


Caritas Papua New Guinea – Rabaul Catholic Archdiocese


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:

Fr. John Wagira - Diocesan Caritas Coordinator

Rabaul Catholic Archdiocese

P O Box 357,Kokopo, ENBP

Telephone: 982 8344/69

Fax:982 8404 | Mob: 7357 6259

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National Youth Development Authority – Rabaul, East New Britain 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

Contact:

Mrs Christine Masiu - Provincial Advisor CDO

Office Ph:9825011 | Mobile: 7027 8405

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Mr. Philip Kuamin - Program Manager Remedial Services

P.O.Box 714,KOKOPO,ENB | Mobile: 7021 9230

Fax:9829175 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mrs Rosemary Murure - a/Advisor or HRM Manager

P.O.Box 714,KOKOPO,ENB | Ph: 982 5011

Mobile:70686569 | Fax: 982 9361