District Court, Kundiawa

Simbu

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:

Kundiawa District Court

PO Box 129, Kundiawa.

Ph: 535 1210/1295,  Fax: 535 1080


Village Courts, Simbu 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 Peter Nulai

Provincial Village Courts Officer

Office of the Provincial Administrator,

P.O. Box 192, Kundiawa

Simbu Province

Ph: 535 1155

 


Probation, Parole & Juvenile Justice Services, Kundiawa


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 791, Kundiawa, Simbu Province

Ph/Fax: 535 1149/535 1185

 


Provincial Administration & Dept. for Community Development, Simbu


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

Youth, Women & Community Service

PO Box, 192, Kundiawa, Simbu Province

Ph:  535 1155


Correctional Services, Barawagi, Simbu 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

Barawagi CIS  |  Ph: 725 7525 | Fax: 275 7524

 


Community Policing Unit – Police Station, Kundiawa


The Community Policing Unit of Simbu Province is an effective and proactive police operations unit which has been responsible for resolving many disputes and maintaining peace and good order in the Province.  

The Community Policing Unit is proactive in the following areas:
  • Peace mediation in land compensation cases
  • Diversion programs to keep juvenile offenders out of prisons (achieved by working closely with CBC and the communities)
  • Peace brokering amongst communities of adult offenders to prevent escalation of violence leading and tribal pay-backs

Contact: 

Sgt. In Charge - Community Policing Unit

Kundiawa Police Station

P.O.BOX 66, KUNDIAWA, Simbu Province

Ph:  535 1065/1122/1133 | Fax: 353 1148


Catholic Church, Simbu 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:

Kundiawa Diocese

Youth Office

Ph:  535 1260

Health Secretary

PH:  535 1047

 


YWCA, Kundiawa


The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) is a Christian-based global network of women leading social and economic change in 125 countries worldwide.  It advocates for peace, justice, health, human dignity, freedom and care of the environment, and has been at the forefront of raising the status of women since it was founded in 1894.  In PNG, the YWCA is a membership organisation open to women and girls who wish to share their skills and time to help other women and girls to develop and grow in Spirit, Body and Mind and to become leaders in advocacy and action for social justice.  The YWCA has a head office in Port Moresby with a number of branches across the nation. 

The YWCA has a number of core programs, including:
  • Hostel accommodation for working girls or students
  • Prison rehabilitation programs which include court attendance, supervision of offenders on parole (community work orders), counselling, and mediation
  • Under 18 Children's Club which includes school holiday workshops, juvenile justice training, child rights and responsibilities, empowerment of young women, and drug and alcohol education
  • Also general training programs in literacy (beginners to advanced), leadership development, dress-making, cooking, reproductive health, HIV, computer training, and social, educational and spiritual activities.
  • Youth adolescent Health Club provides training in the areas of women, youth and children's rights and the sexual health of girls and boys

Contact:

Mrs Kila Amini, General Secretary

Mrs Marie Balil, Programs Co-ordinator

YWCA Port Moresby - PO Box 1883, BOROKO, NCD

Ph: 325 6522 or 340 6927

Mrs Francisca Moiwo - President, YWCA Simbu

PO Box 294, Kundiawa, SP  |   Ph: 7339 3521 / 7278 5190


The Light of the World Ministry


The Light of the World Ministry is a recently-established church with a Pastor and 1 volunteer.  It provides some restorative justice services & counselling to youths within Gon and Kondo village.

  • Juvenile Processing Centre
  • Diversion programs
  • Counselling
  • Correspondence skills courses

Contact: 

Pastor Marcus Goce - The Light of the Ministry

Kond Village - PO Box 4, KUNDIAWA, Simbu Province


Alcohol & Drug Rehabilitation Program - Kundiawa


This is a volunteer organisation attached to the Simbu Provincial Administration.   It was established in 2012. It focuses on youth crime prevention and rehabilitation within the Bavawage and Kerowagi communities.

This program provides the following services:

  • Counselling services and therapy to both the victims and offender including family members.
  • Rehabilitation activities such as youth sports programs, alcohol and drug diversion programs to more productive behaviours
  • Conflict-management training courses.  Community-empowerment training for people to find their own solutions to their problems rather than referring to courts, police and other law enforcing bodies.
  • Arranging work placements for young people who complete their training

Contact: 

Philip Kai Morre - Simbu Provincial Administration

Alcohol & Drug Rehabilitation Program

P.O.BOX 192, KUNDIAWA, Simbu Province

Ph:  535 1155


Kup Women for Peace Inc.


Kup is a Simbu human rights movement founded by mothers from different warring clans involved in tribal fights.  The organisation was founded in 2002 and been active throughout this period.  It promotes peace, law and order, dialogue and other informal approaches to dispute resolution.  Most notable, Kup has established community law and order by-laws to help govern its communities.

Kup is involved in the following approaches:

  • Defining work programs for adult and juvenile offenders in order to reconcile them with (and perform restitution to ) their victims and their communities
  • Establishing a zero tolerance of tribal fights by encouraging mothers and wives to stop their men folk from getting involved in conflict pay-backs
  • Mediate peace and broker dialogue with conflicting parties in sorcery-related offences
  • Mobilize communities against drug growing and use

Contact: 

Ms Mary Kini - Founder, Kup Women for Peace

P.O.BOX 341, KUNDIAWA, Simbu Province

Ph:  7262 3603   |   Fax: 535 1149


Family Support Centre - Kundiawa General Hospital


The Family Support Centre provides a wide range of support services to families.  It provides counselling services to people affected by serious health issues (including HIV/AIDS) as well victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.  The Centre also conducts forensic testing and drafts medical reports which can be used in court proceedings.

The Family Support Centre:
  • Assists the courts in providing medical examinations and testing in cases involving domestic violence and sexual abuse
  • Provides safe housing for victims escaping from domestic violence
  • Provides professional counselling of victims and, where possible, assists in the reconciliation of offenders reconcile with the law and their family members

Contact: 

Sister in Charge - Family Support Center

Kundiawa General Hospital

P.O.BOX 346, KUNDIAWA, Simbu Province

Ph:  535 1627 | Fax: 535 1250 

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Referral Partnership with FSC; Paul Terau FSC, Antonia Manau CPRJC & Cathy Kaiun CBC Kundiawa. Oct, 2014.

Kagle Community Peace Team Simbu


Kagle Community Peace Team was founded in 1999.  Its focus is on spiritual rehabilitation, peace mediation and reintegration of families and communities.  The Peace Team has also helped to establish by-laws designed to improve law and order across the communities.

The Kagle Community Peace Team provides:
  • Peace mediation in clan and tribal conflicts as well as in sorcery-related conflict
  • Rehabilitation and diversion programs in drugs and alcohol abuse cases
  • Training and awareness programs in governance and leadership issues (both individual and organisational)
  • Programs on community awareness and mobilisation in crime prevention

Contact: 

Ms Monica Paulus - Founder, Kagle Community Peace Team

P.O.BOX 28, KUNDIAWA, Simbu Province

Ph:  7233 0479  |  Fax: 353 1149


Office of the Public Prosecutor, Kundiawa


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 - Kundiawa

Simbu Province

Ph: 535 1746 / 7100 0272 

Fax: 535 1746 


National Court, Simbu Province


The National Court and Supreme 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:

The Assistant Registrar

National Court

PO Box 129,Kundiawa,Simbu Province

Ph: 535 1577

Fax: 535 1683

 

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Presentation of Certificates to Village Court Officials, Land Mediators & Peace Mediators from Chuave District.Oct 2014. L-R; Ms.Kaiun CBC, Mr.Kandege Village Courts & Land Mediation Screcretarite DJAG, Chuave MP Hon.Wera Mori & Provinvcial Administrator Mr.Joe Kunda Naur MBE.

Caritas Papua New Guinea – Kundiawa 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.Clement Bundo – Diocesan Caritas Coordinator

Kundiawa Catholic Diocese

P O Box 177, Kundiawa,  Simbu Province

Ph:  535 1260  |  Fax: 535 1007

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P O Box 109, Goroka,  EHP

Ph:  532 1798 | Fax: 532 1799

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National Youth Development Authority – Kundiawa, Simbu 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 Palma Poka - Advisor Community Developement

P.O.Box 192,KUNDIAWA,Simbu Province

Mob:71268023

Mrs Rose Dama - HRM Officer

P.O.Box 192, KUNDIAWA, Simbu Province

Mob:71247394