National Court, Madang

Madang

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 1077, Madang

Ph: 852 2544

Fax: 852 3645

 


District Court, Madang, Ramu & Karkar


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:

Madang District Court

PO Box 214, Madang.

Ph: 422 2466/2207,  Fax: 422 1039, CUG:71004116

Ramu Court House

PO Box 36, Ramu.

Ph: 474 3256, Fax: 474 3295

Karkar Court House, PO Box 69, Karkar

Ph: 423 7499/7452, Fax: 423 7402, CUG:7191 1254


Village Courts, Madang 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 authorized 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 Ailai Valunia

Provincial Village Courts Officer

Office of the Provincial Administrator

Madang

Ph: 4221939

Facsimile: 4223038

Madang has 96 Village Courts


Probation, Parole & Juvenile Justice Services, Madang


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 947, Madang, MP

Ph/Fax: 422 3218

Mob: 7016 0906


Provincial Administration & Dept. for Community Development, Madang Province


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 Branch

Madang Provincial Government

PO Box 2139, Madang

Ph:  422 2237


Office of the Public Prosecutor, Madang


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 behalf of the State as to the appropriate penalties that ought to be imposed by the superior courts following a conviction. 

Contact:

Office of the Public Prosecutor

Modilon Rd

P.O. Box 868, Madang, Madang Province

Ph: 852 3036, 7100 2307

Fax: 852 3036


Correctional Services, Beon, Madang


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

Beon CIS

Ph:  852 8023    |    Fax: 852 8626


Catholic Church, Madang 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:

Madang Arch Diocese

Administration Office

422 2599

Health Secretary

PH:  422 2014, 422 2590, 422 1690

 


Country Women's Association (CWA), Madang


The CWA is a charity organisation established in the early 1950s by Australian women living in PNG.  The CWA opened chapters in Madang, Goroka, Milne Bay, Bougainville and Port Moresby.  The Madang chapter was established in 1954 and today operates a number of programs to support disadvantaged families.  The CWA has a quest house in Madang which supports these programs. 

The CWA's key programs are:
  • Kindergarten Long Ples, which provides early childhood education and childminding in various villages in Madang.  It has a total of 13 centres, with 434 children enrolled, 37 teachers and helpers.  Additional centres will open in forthcoming years.
  • Early Childhood Healthcare Program, serving numerous villages in the Madang area
  • Village Health Volunteer Program, serving villages with 34 health care volunteers and 20 village birth attendants
  • Violence Against Women & Children Program, addressing issues of domestic violence

Contact:

Ms Cathy Litz - Secretary General

Catholic Women's Association

PO Box 154, Madang

PH:  422 2216   |    Fax: 422 1606

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World Vision, Madang


World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.  In Madang, World Vision is running the Bungim Famili na Komuni Program.

The Bungim Famili na Komuni Program:
  • Trains staff, community leaders and partners on gender, human rights, and child protection
  • Advocates on issues of gender, drug & alcohol, family violence, and child protection through theatre, music and media
  • Strengthens the referral systems for victims of violence and abuse
  • Provides training in conflict resolution

Contact:

Mr Smith Sapaka - Area Manager

World Vision Madang

PO Box 484, Madang

PH:  422 3148,  Fax: 422 3577

Cathy Copeland - Project Co-ordinator

Ph: 7311 8787

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Missionary Training College & Academy, Madang


The Missionary Training College is registered institution to provide educational programs to disadvantaged youth and remandees.  The college also provides accommodation for the remandees program on an after-hours basis.

The College provides:

  • Educational programs for school drop-outs and disadvantaged youth
  • Integrated programs with academic and technical emphasis
  • Rehabilitation programs and counselling
  • Boarding facilities for remandees

Contact:

Mr Fabian Peter - Director

Missionary Training College

PO Box 3449, Lae

Ph: 7229 7967 or 7274 3984

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NGO Promotion Inc (NGO PRO), Madang


NGO Promotion Inc. (NGO PRO), a registered association (Reg. No. 5-4844,2011), is governed by a 5 member Executive Board and aims to contribute to the (re-) empowerment of a self-reliant and confident society by strengthening the capacities of Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs).

Key purpose – Is to contribute to the sustainable development of grassroots organisations to build on people’s efforts and potentials to help themselves.

Strategic focus - is on building organisational capacity (i.e. Organisational Development, Governance, Finance, Strategic and Program Planning, Leadership, Staff Development and Income Generation).

NGO PRO is affiliated with Madang Civil Society Forum and has partnerships with HORIZONT3000, Bread for the World (EED),Dreikoenigsaktion (DKA), and Interchurch Organisation for Development Co-operation (ICCO).

The Organisation provides:

  • Building capacity and awareness in above and related topics such as Governance and cross cutting issues such as Gender Equity, Disability and Discrimination, HIV/Aids, Transparency and non-corruption.
  • Strengthening the work of NGOs and CBOs that contribute to restorative justice in PNG through providing advisory/technical assistance and support (on-and off site), skills and awareness training, networking and peer learning, and financial support, some work examples of partners:-
    • Community Justice and law (i.e. Trainings in Conflicts Resolution and Peace Mediation and basic awareness programs so as to eradicate the mentality of resorting to tribal fights as a means to solve problems).
    • Increase awareness of and changes in gender and violence against women (public advocacy and a community education programs, better  women’s livelihoods through support and training in small business development and ownership).
    • Disability issues: Care for disabled persons, advocacy and awareness, information gathering and sharing, using rights-based approach with an emphasis on independence and social inclusion.
    • Land and environment related issues (i.e. sustainable forest use through Eco-forestry and Eco-tourism, co-homes and road construction using their own forest resources) Addressing poverty of rural households and promoting the National Government initiatives by linking and facilitating rural communities with information, skills and micro finance ( a credit and loan scheme) or create and equal wealth generation through sustainable businesses (quality cocoa and honey bee farming).

Contact:

Ms Anna Umba

Coordinator

NGO PRO

Diwai Post Office Box 186, Madang

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Avisat Paralegal, MADANG


We assist battered women/children – violence against women, welfare issues, organisation owned and operated by two former policewomen. Target groups, youths, women & men to minimise violence and justice must prevail in all level of communities.

Their aim is to provide a safe, trouble free community

Avisat Paralegal provides the following services:

  • Safe keeping of victims away from violence
  • Awareness/violence against women, abuse of children rights, women’s rights, etc.
  • Prepare medical reports for victims & do referral to network partners like, welfare-police, courts, NGO’s, safe houses, etc.
  • Prepare court files for offenders to court

Contact:

Mrs. Angela Bugatar 

Director – Avisat Paralegal

P. O. Box 42, MADANG, Madang Province

Phone: 7307 6283

Mrs. Cathy Simatab - Assistant Director

Phone: 7281 0050


Madang Provincial Council of Women, MADANG


Madang Provincial council of Women provides many different services for women in the six districts in Madang Province.

The Madang Provincial Council of Women provides:

  • Shelter for victims which includes repatriation support
  • Crisis counselling
  • mediation
  • Awareness and training on gender-based violence and male advocacy, alcohol and drugs, child abuse, human trafficking
  • Paralegal services to women
  • Welfare services

Contact:

Mrs. May E. Kamang

President – Madang Council of Women

P. O. Box 549, MADANG

Phone/Fax: 422 1858   |  Mob: 7267 7211

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Modilon General Hospital (Family Support Centre), MADANG


The Family Support Centre was set up to give care and support to the victims/survivors of family violence

Modilon General Hospital’s Family Support Centre provides:
  • Counselling and mediation to victims/survivors of victims
  • Provision of medical report process
  • Provision of shelter for victims
  • Referral of victim to other professional group for other assistance
  • Provides medical care and attention to victims/survivors of violence

Contact:

Mrs. Catherine Bedford

Director – Modilon General Hospita (FSC)

Free Mail Bag, Post Office, MADANG

Digicel: 7267 7211


Caritas Papua New Guinea – Madang Catholic Church


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.

Contact:

Mr. Lazarus Daimas

Diocesan Caritas Coordinator

Madang Cath.Archdiocese

P O Box 750, Madang,  Madang Province

Ph: 422 2014 | Fax: 422 2014 | Mob: 7286 2230

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National Youth Development Authority – Madang, Madang 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:

Pauline Ainui - HRM Director

P.O.Box 2139, MADANG, Madang Province

Ph: 422 1805    |   Fax: 422 3038

Joseph Bande

Assistant Director – Community Development

P.O.Box 2139, MADANG, Madang Province

Ph: 4222237   |  Fax: 422 3038 / 422 1601

Mobile:79391938