National Court, Wabag

Enga

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:

Registrar

National Court,

PO Box 108, Wabag, Enga Province

Ph: 547 1422

Fax: 547 1466

 


District Court, Wabag & Porgera


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:

Wabag District Court

PO Box 82, Wabag.

Ph: 547 1030/1283,  Fax: 547 1214,

CUG:715 65226/7191 1257

Porgera Court House

PO Box 243, Porgera

Ph: 547 8865, Fax: 547 8866

CUG:7191 1257


Village Courts, Enga 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 Nelson Leia

Principal Adviser, Law and Justice

Office of Provincial Administrator

Division of Law and Order

P.O. Box 109, Wabag

Enga Province

Ph: 5471469

Facsimile: 5471214

Enga Province has 156 Village Courts


Probation, Parole & Juvenile Justice Services, Wabag


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 231, Wabag, EP

Ph: 7120 5843

 


Provincial Administration & Dept. for Community Development, Enga


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

Enga Provincial Government

PO Box, 257, Wabag

Ph:  547 1118


Office of the Public Prosecutor, Wabag


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.

The OPP also makes submissions on appropriate penalties for convicted persons. 

Contact:

Office of the Public Prosecutor

P.O. Box 289, Wabag, Enga Province

Ph: 547 1121, 7100 2306

Fax: 547 1121


Correctional Services, Enga 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

Mukurumanda CIS

Ph:  275 5437

Fax: 275 5438


Anglican Church, Enga Province


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 (in 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:

Church Partnership Program

Anglican National Office

PO Box 673, Lae

Ph: 472 4111, Fax: 472 1852

 

Anglicare, Wabag

Ph: 7190 6205

 


Catholic Church, Enga 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 development)

Contact:

Wabag Diocese

Diocesan Office

Ph:  547 1096


Women's Welfare Office, Porgera District


The Women's Welfare Office was established in 1990.  It is affiliated with the Enga Council of Women and has 15 staff

The Office provides:

  • Counselling for families and individuals
  • Training on human rights, women and children's rights and on issues such as gender based violence
  • Male advocacy training
  • Awareness programs on human rights for schools, church committees and the public

Contact:

Maria Kensary

President

PO Box, Porgera, Enga Province

Ph:  547 9164 or 7337 4881


Pogera Law and Order Committee, Wabag


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.

Pogera Law and Order Committee is responsible for:
  • Trainings for male and female Village Court Magistrates.
  • 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:

Mr Nickson Pakea

IPILI Development Foundation- Public Officer

PO Box 231, Wabag, EP

Ph: 713 04654/767 16234

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Gutpela Sindaun na Bel Isi Association Inc, Wabag


Gutpela Sindaun na Bel Isi Association Inc is a NGO group comprises of all church member’s who conduct Training and awareness on win-win Mediation, Restorative Justice, conduct conflict resolution courses co-ordinated by the Association executives originated from the Catholic Church partnership with other churches and state law enforcers and agents.

Gutpela Sindaun na Bel Isi Association Inc is responsible for:
  • Conduct win-win mediation to disputes.
  • Conduct conflict resolution courses to groups or communities.
  • Step in to mediate in Tribe fight area.
  • Conduct intergral human development courses.
  • Supervise prisoners as volunteer Probation, Parole, Juvenile court officers.
  • Direct village people to see appropriate authorities when in times of need and counselling in marital problems.

Contact:

Mr Andrew Rai

PO Box 231, Wabag, EP

Ph: 733 63827


Development of Wapenamanda Open Race Komunti (DOWORK) Poultry Project, WABAG


The organisation is non profit organisation. It registered through the National registry office and its legalized for operation. The reason of the registration is directly is to see the needs of the young. The young will manage into gender equality in the community. The organisation started in 2013. It has five intellectual and experience people engaged and appointed as directors of this organisation. The organisation provides awareness campaign in the districts for the women to beware about the project. The district Administrator supported and issued an acknowledgement certificate for best initiative with the (DOWORK) Project.

DOWORK Poultry Project’s main principle objectives are:

  • Directly see the needs of the young (The young t o manage into gender equality in their communities
  • Its aim and goal is to reduce violence against women in a bigger perspective was for equal with  the men
  • Training, awareness, counselling, outreach and economic empowerment through poultry project

Contact:

Mr. Larabii Puu - Director

Development of Wapenamanda Open Race Komunti (DOWORK) Poultry Project,

P. O. Box 566, WABAG, Enga Province

Digicel: 7352 4853 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Caritas Papua New Guinea – Wabag 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.Peter Pumbu – Diocesan Caritas Coordinator

Wabag Catholic Diocese

P O Box 191, Wabag,  Enga Province

Ph:  547 1096

Fax: 547 1230

MB: 7116 1463

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National Youth Development Authority – Wabag, Enga 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:

Mr Iso Apupuni - HRM Officer

P.O.Box 19, WABAG, Enga Province

Mobile:7103436

Mr Samson Pakali

Director Community Development

P.O.Box 19, WABAG, Enga Province

Mobile:70262629