District Court, Tari and Koroba

Hela

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:

Tari District Court

PO Box 52, Tari

Ph: 540 8024

CUG:719 11221

 Fax: 540 8024

Koroba Court House

PO Box 52, Tari

CUG:719 11221

 Fax: 540 8024


National Court, Hela


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:

Hela National Court

PO Box 52, Tari, Hela Province

Ph: 540 8024

CUG:719 11221

 Fax: 540 8024


Correctional Services, Hawa -  Hela 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:

Superintendent Jim Kamin

Commanding Officer

Hawa Goal

P.O. Box 32,Tari,Hela Province

Mobile number: 702 15135


Medicins Sans Frontieres, Tari


Médecins Sans Frontières has been working in Papua New Guinea since 2007.  Medical teams provide free medical and psychological care for victims of sexual and domestic violence in Angau Hospital in the city of Lae.  Papua New Guinea has one of the world’s highest rates for gender-based violence.  A Médecins Sans Frontières team is also working in the town of Tari, providing emergency medical and surgical care for victims of violence at the Tari hospital, the only healthcare facility in the mountainous jungle in the western part of the country.

Médecins Sans Frontières provides:
  • Free medical and surgical care for victims of domestic and gender-based violence
  • Free psychological care for victims of violence

Contact:

Ms Daisy Plana - Project Co-ordinator

FSC, Lae   |   Ph: 7201 2227


National Youth Development Authority – Tari, Hela 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 Mathias Hamaga

Advisor Community Development

P.O.Box 89,Tari,Hela Province

Mobile:72746657