District Court, Kavieng, Namatana & Lihir


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. 


Kavieng District Court | PO Box 174, Kavieng

Ph: 984 2211, | CUG: 719 112481 | Fax: 984 2481

Namatanai Court House

PO Box 24, Namatanai.

Ph: 984 3017 | CUG: 719 11225 | Fax: 984 3017

Lihir Court House | PO Box 123, Lihir, NIP

Ph: 986 4267 | CUG: 719 11263 |Fax: 986 4267/4029

National Court Kavieng | PO Box 613, Kavieng

Ph:  984 1846 | Fax: 984 1844


Village Courts, New Ireland 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 Severin Melagas

Provincial Village Courts Officer

Office of the Provincial Administrator

P.O. Box 103, Kavieng

New Ireland Province

Ph: 9842272

Facsimile: 9842072 or 9841176

New Ireland has 45 Village Courts


Probation, Parole & Juvenile Justice Services, Kavieng


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 397, Kavieng, NIP

Ph/Fax: 984 1898 or 984 1398


Provincial Administration & Dept. for Community Development, New Ireland


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


Mrs Desley Paanasae


Community Development Division

New Ireland Provincial Government

PO Box 103, Kavieng, NIP

Ph:  984 2289 or 945 0121


Correctional Services, New Ireland 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

Kavieng CIS | Ph: 984 2326 | Fax: 984 2252


Catholic Church, New Ireland Province


The Catholic Church of Papua New Guinea is made up of 4 Archdioceses and 15 Dioceses in Vanimo, Aitape, Wewak, Lae, Madang, Mt Hagen, Wabag, Mendi, Goroka, Kundiawa, Kavieng, Kimbe, Rabaul, Kerema, Daru, Alotau, 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


John Mora - The Manager 

Kavieng Diocese | Ph: 984 2055

Youth Office | Ph: 984 2055

Health Centre Kavieng | Ph: 984 2055 

Health Centre Lihir | Ph: 984 6013

Sisters of Kavieng | Ph: 984 2286


Seventh Day Adventist Church


The Seventh Day Adventist Church is a faith based organisation that operates throughout PNG.  The Head Office for the Island region is located in East New Britain.  In New Ireland, there are offices in Kavieng, Namatanai, Konos, New Handover and Mussau.  The Seventh Day Adventist Church aims to improve the lives of Adventist men and women through building and coordinating pastoral services, youth ministry programmes, awareness programmes and community services.  Physical / spiritual / social support is offered to the community as a whole and to Seventh Day Adventist Church members.

The church programs include:

  • Community service delivery
  • Adult literacy programs
  • Safe motherhood: training includes family planning and counselling, delivered to communities throughout in New Ireland.
  • Peer education training:  10 day training course directed at peer groups on 10 life skills.
  • Gender related issues training:  focusing on treatment and violence to women.
  • Basic introduction to HIV Aids:  5 day certification training course for people in villages / communities.
  • Basic HIV counselling training:  5 day certification course for people in the villages / communities.
  • Marriage counseling
  • HIV testing and counseling


Seventh Day Adventist Church

PO Box 41, Kavieng, New Ireland Province

Ph:  9403 748 

Mobile:  7224 2331



Kirapim Hauslain Program, Kavieng


The Kirapim Hauslain Program is a non-government organization that works with the rural communities in PNG to assist them to help themselves.  It is run by ten self-funded volunteers.  The program is also closely associated with the Miapim Meri Ples Program.

These programs provide the following services to the community:
  • Assist communities to establish a justice system using traditional laws and regulations
  • Facilitate planning process, including mapping of resources within communities so that people understand the resources that are useful and how these can be utilised by themselves
  • Encourage the people to create working relationships with other communities
  • Both programs deal with youths at risk, domestic and sexual violence, child abuse, and land ownership issues


Mr Andrew Kamane, Program Director

Kirapim Hauslain Program

P.O. Box 635, KAVIENG, New Ireland Province

Ph: 72351802/72445358

 Ms Edelvin Malonga, Program Director 

Kirapim Meri Ples Program, Fissoa Village, Tikana LLG

P.O. Box 635, Kavieng, New Ireland Province


PNG Red Cross (New Ireland Branch)


PNG Red Cross (New Ireland Branch) is an NGO that runs awareness and training programs in New Ireland to build community knowledge on a variety of important health and safety issues.  PNG Red Cross (New Ireland Branch) runs these awareness programs in rural locations on a quarterly basis.  Counselling on a variety of issues is also offered by PNG Red Cross.  A blood donation service is also operated.

These programs include:
  • Health awareness / training: including community-based first aid awareness, blood donor recruitment awareness, climate change awareness and water sanitation awareness.
  • Disability awareness / training: dealing with issues such as discrimination and special education for people with disabilities.
  • HIV awareness / training: HIV awareness and support for people suffering from HIV.
  • Disaster Emergency and Response awareness: training and preparation for disasters as well as assessment and response in the event of an emergency.
  • Gender based violence awareness: delivered to gangs and young people, including awareness on sexual health issues.
  • Drug awareness:  delivered to youths regarding health issues related to drug use.
  • Restoration of family links: working with communities after disaster or conflict (including family violence) to restore relationships.
  • Counselling:  counselling on family violence, youths using drugs and HIV.


Lyle Alickson

Branch Manager / Program Coordinator

Red Cross New Ireland

PO Box 87

KAVIENG, New Ireland Province

Phone:      984 1551 | Fax: 984 1552

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Family Sexual Violence Action Committee (FSVAC)


The FSVAC works closely with Community Based Corrections, Red Cross, the welfare officers at Dept. of Community Development, the Police, the Public Solicitor’s office, hospitals and churches.  The Committee carries out awareness activities – mainly in the areas of domestic violence and human rights.  FSVAC also refers victims to the appropriate authorities for legal and medical assistance and conducts short training programs for interested women’s groups.  The FSVAC also has a group called the New Ireland Men Against Violence - mostly comprised of FSVAC volunteers who assist in doing awareness in their own communities.

The FSVAC provides services in the following areas:

  • Counselling and conflict resolution between parties.
  • Referral of clients to the Public Solicitor’s office for legal advice and assistance
  • Awareness programs to schools on Children’s Rights
  • Awareness programs to local women’s groups on domestic and sexual violence issues.


Mr Tony Hare - Provincial Chairman


c/- Community Based Corrections

PO Box 397, Kavieng, New Ireland Province

Phone / fax:  984 1898


New Ireland Provincial Youth Council, Kavieng

The NIPYC launched a policy in May 2012 to engage young men and women in personal, social, and skills growth to reach their full potential.  The Provincial Youth Policy also provides a framework for future planning and program development for all agencies and organisations involved in youth development work.


  • Provides venues for youth meetings
  • Conducts training in area such as leadership/management
  • Facilitates social events


Mr John Mokis - President, NIPYC

PO Box 103, KAVIENG, New Ireland Province

Ph:  7251 8398


Root of Change, Kavieng


Root of Change is a training organisation formed in 2002 within the Fangalawa Village Ward.  It specializes in food security, vocational development, juvenile justice, agriculture and the environment.

Roots of Change provides:

  • Training programs in food security, book keeping, agriculture, livestock farming, fisheries & forestry management, and tourism & hospitality
  • Awareness programs on law & order, human rights, gender, and child rights


Mr Patrick Topital - Director

c/- Division of Community Development

Provincial Administration

PO Box 103, KAVIENG, New Ireland Province

Ph:  7178 2907


Foundation for Peace, Parenthood & Childcare, Kavieng


The FPPC is a community based organisation established in 2008 and affiliated with government agencies such as Community Development, CBC, and other NGOs.  Its purpose is to strengthen relationships between parents and children, families and communities, churches and clans, and to bring law and order to the community through restorative justice approaches.

The FPPC provides:

  • Prevention and support programs for parents, youth, juveniles, and children
  • Community reconciliation programs, community awareness for family support and life programs
  • Male advocates partnership program
  • Awareness on gender-based violence
  • Skills training for women – business, leadership, arts, etc.
  • Training for parolees and probationers


Mr Robert Wolly - Program Director

c/- Division of Community Development

Provincial Administration

PO Box 103, KAVIENG, New Ireland Province

Ph:  7157 0570 or 7302 3757


Kavieng Council of Elders


The Council of Elders consists of the 190 paramounts chiefs of New Ireland ProvinceThe Council's main focus is to re-activate the traditional system of justice and community order, and to rebuild and strengthen the roles and responsibilities of “Hausboi” in order to teach the young generation of the traditional restorative justice system which ensured peace, good order, obedience and respect.

The Council also engages in mediation between disputing parties relating to land, adultery, stealing, misbehaviour, damage to property, etc.


Mr Noah Lurang - Council of Elders

P.O. Box 528, Kavieng, New Ireland Province


Target Sports, Kavieng


Target Sports is a NGO which uses sports as a mechanism to provide young people with team-based physical activity, fun and fulfillment. It encourages youth to turn to sports as an alternative to drugs, alcohol and crime.

Target Sports:

  • Co-ordinates sporting activities
  • Conducts awareness training and counselling in the areas of health, HIV, drug and alcohol abuse, behavioural change, and personal development
  • Is willing and able to supervise young people on parole and probation


Mr Warren Thomas - Chairman, Target Sports

P.O. Box 146, Kavieng, New Ireland Province

Ph:  734 1833


Caritas Papua New Guinea – Kavieng 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.


Mr. Tony Inikre

Diocesan Caritas Coordinator

Kavieng Catholic Diocese

P O Box 49, Kavieng,  NIP | Ph: 984 2065 | Fax: 984 1279 | Mob: 7663 3125 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



National Youth Development Authority – Kavieng, New Ireland 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


Mr. John Mokis

Chairman Provincial Youth Coordinator

P.O.Box 103,KAVIENG,New Ireland Province

Mobile:704 67021 | Fax: 984 2280

Ms Desley Paanasae - Provincial Advisor CDO

Tel: 984 2130 | Mobile:701 46704 | Fax: 984 2072

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Yvette Owen Mathies - A/Manager HRM

Mobile:79014032 | Fax: 984 2072

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Ms.Madeline Matautu - Interim Executive Officer PYC

Mobile:71567288 | Fax: 984 2280

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