National Court, Kimbe

Kimbe Highway

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:

Mr. Vincent Bailey

Registrar

National Court,

PO Box 628, Kimbe, WNBP

Ph: 983 5888 | Fax: 983 5100

Mobile: 7047 9729

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District Court, Kimbe & Biala

 

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:

Kimbe District Court

PO Box 142, Kimbe.

Ph: 983 5488/5493,  Fax: 983 5498

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Bialla Court House

PO Box 204, Biala | Ph: 983 1059

 

Village Courts, WNB 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 Mathew

Advisor

Provincial Village Courts Officer

Office of the Provincial Administrator

P.O. Box 430, Kimbe, WNBP

Ph: 9835141|Fax: 9835298

Ms. Michaelyn Gelu

Admin. Officer

West New Britain has 44 Village Courts

Aigon – Newly established in 2014

 

Community Policing - Police Department (Kimbe)

 

The Police Department has introduced the concept of Community Policing which encourages the community itself to resolve disputes of a minor nature and only to refer more serious matters to the police.  This approach reduces the pressure on the police resources and has better long-term outcomes.   

The Community Policing Unit provides:

  • Programs to reduce crime
  • Conducts awareness sessions in schools and the community on the benefits of living peacefully
  • Encourages communities to establish volunteer community policing officers to support the work of village court operation
  • Conducts counselling and mediation for adults and juveniles
  • Is the point of contact between the Police Department and other partners dealing with the rights of children

Contact:

Anette Kavulio

PW Senior Constable

Community Relations Officer

PO Box 224, Kimbe

Ph: 983 4759 or 7177 7448 / 7990 9280

OIC Senior SGT. Aigilo

Mobile: 7200 2267

 

Probation, Parole & Juvenile Justice Services, Kimbe

 

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

Ph: 984 5069 / 943 1572

Fax: 983 5053

 

 

Provincial Administration & Dept. for Community Development, WNB

 

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:

Mr. David Leeward

Community Development Officer

Community Development Division

West New Britain Provincial Government

PO Box 287, Kimbe | Ph:  983 5311

Mobile: 7088 9269

Mr. Yuta Tanigawa

Youth Volunteer (JICA) for 2 years

Mobile: 7082 8715

Pastor Nolene VL Pidik

New Britain Welfare Services

P.O.BOX 618, KIMBE  West New Britain

 

Division of Law & Justice (WNB Provincial Administration)

 

The Division of Law & Justice is a division of the Provincial Administration.  It provides a range of service relating to Community Development (as above), Village Courts, Land mediation, Community Based Corrections, Public Curator, and membership of various law and justice committees.

The Division of Law & Justice provides support to:
  • Assist Community Development Division in areas of human and children's rights
  • Village Courts mediation of disputes
  • CBC in providing reports in courts, administering probationers, and safe processing of juvenile offenders
  • Mediate disputes over deceased properties
  • Mediate peace between disputing parties
  • Conduct awareness on law & justice issues

Contact:

Mr. Nelson Mathew

Principal Adviser

Division of Law & Justice

West New Britain Provincial Government

PO Box 430, Kimbe | Ph: 983 5311/983 5141

Fax:  983 5298

 

Office of the Public Prosecutor, Kimbe

 

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:

Mr. Augustus Bray

Acting Public Prosecutor

Office of the Public Prosecutor

P.O. Box 280, Kimbe WNBP

Ph: 983 4910, 7100 2302 / 7331 3925

Fax: 983 5840

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Ms. Dorin Wangipari

Legal Secretary | Mobile: 7987 0305

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Correctional Services, WNB 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

Mr. John Koilamus

Commanding Officer

Lakiemata CIS

Ph:  276 9604 / 276 9606 | Fax: 276 9609

Mobile: 7258 1985

 

Anglican Church, WNB 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

Bishop Allan MigiAnglican Church

PO Box 806, Kimbe, WNBP

President Mary Martap

Mothers' Union, Kimbe

Ph: 542 1113 | Mobile: 7002 9666

Simon Kamon

Diocesan secretary | Mobile: 7510 4474

 

Catholic Church, WNB 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

Contact:

Bishop William Fey

Kimbe Diocese

PO Box 182, Kimbe, WNB | Ph: 983 5152

Mr Mathias Ire

Caritas Co-ordinator | Caritas Office | Ph: 7674 7797

Mr Michael Roka

Diocese Youth Coordinator

Catholic Diocese of Kimbe

P.O.BOX 182, KIMBE  West New Britain

Ph: 9834925 | Mobile: 7952 6732 

 

Catholic Diocesan Youth Animator’s Office, Kimbe

 

Catholic Diocese Youth is an arm of the Catholic Church, under the administration of the Bishop of Kimbe.  The purpose of the Youth Office is to educate and mobilise the youth into the work and social activities of the church.

The Youth Office offers:

  • Workshops based on Christian life, justice and peace, gender equality, family violence
  • Workshops on Integral Human Development ("Who am I" program)
  • Social and physical development including talent shows and sporting competitions
  • Mediation of disputes in the youth groups
  • Counselling on sexual relationships and teenage pregnancy
  • Reconciliation services to disputing ethnic groups

Contact:

Mr Michael Roka | Coordinator

Catholic Diocesan Youth Animator’s Office

St. Peter & Paul Catholic Diocese of Kimbe

P.O.BOX 182, KIMBE  West New Britain

Mr. Ben Avusi

Chairman | Healing the Land Ministry

PO Box 113, KIMBE, West New Britain

 

Salvation Army, Kimbe

 

The Salvation Army is a Protestant Christian Church known for its extensive philanthropy and charity work.  It is an international movement in over 122 counties, including PNG, where it was established in 1956.  The Salvation Army runs numerous programs within PNG with the assistance of numerous volunteers.  Its head office is in Port Moresby with a number of branches across the Country.

The Salvation Army’s key program are:
  • Juvenile Justice advocacy in courts, children/defendants (court sittings, juvenile visitation and follow-up)
  • Restorative Justice Awareness & Training Program ((Central Province, Kerema, Abau District, Lae and Sepik)
  • Supporting the poor with food and clothing
  • Providing clean water, sanitation and health education
  • Educational facilities - child-care, primary & secondary schools and a Flexible Open Distance Education program (FODE)
  • Child Protection & Victims Support Program (legal assistance, support during court trial or proceedings) at National Court, Waigani
    • FSV, Lifeline, Family Support Centre, Haus Ruth City Mission, Police Victim Desk, PPO, PSO and National Court.
  • Literacy  Class  for children in the Salvation Army Community
  • Hostel and Motel accommodation
  • Prison Ministry Program ( Combine dedication Services)
  • Women, Children and youths Ministry Program in Divisions

Contact:

Salvation Army Headquarter

PO Box 1323, Boroko, NCD

Ph: 325 5507/ 3255522  Fax: 325 3534

Mr Gini Kevin

Territorial Coordinator & Juvenile Justice Officer,  Ph: 325 5507/22/07  Fax: 325 3534

South Central Division

Box 1323, Boroko, NCD | Ph: 321 6000 

Fax: 321 6008

 Augustine Danagi

Pastor | Salvation Army, Kimbe

PO Box 132, Kimbe | Ph: 983 5553

Rachael Mathews | Mobile: 7024 9047 

 

Seventh Day Adventist Church, Kimbe

 

The Kimbe Seventh Day Adventist Church provides assistance to church members and the community to settle disputes and maintain law and order.

The Church offers:

  • Counselling and mediation services to the community
  • Awareness of the Gospel of Salvation

Contact:

Pastor Kingsley Supa - SDA Church

PO Box 413, KIMBE, West New Britain

Ph:  983 5483 | Mobile: 7315 4220 

 

Women in Agriculture & Women in Fisheries, Witu & Bali Islands

 

This organisation was established in 2010 by concerned women from Witu and Bali Islands.  A survey of all females on the islands was conducted to gather information on issues of concern to women and girls.  In addition to agricultural and fishing activities, health, human rights and law & order issues were identified as important.  Drug usage, HIV and child abuse were also high on the agenda.

The Women in Agriculture & Fisheries Services offers:

  • Counselling and awareness programs for women and girls
  • Awareness on human and legal rights of women and children
  • Information on responsible family planning due to the shortage of land on the islands
  • Counselling of victims of family violence and child abuse

Contact:

Ms Anastasia Mota, President

Ms Everline Kivia, Witu Island

Ms Bretha Fedelis, Bali Island

PO Box 117, Kimbe, West New Britain

Tel: 7969 7887

Angelica Sukulogo | Mobile: 7920 9258

 

Rikau Healing-the-Land Counselling Group, Kimbe

 

This counselling group is attached to a Christian church ministry incorporating all Christian denominations.  It provides counselling services and spiritual awareness.

The Counselling Group offers:

  • Counselling and awareness programs for families, youth and children
  • Organises mediation for aggrieved parties
  • Organises participatory programs at camps and workshops

Contact:

Mr Ben Avusi, Chairman

PO Box 113, Kimbe, West New Britain

Tel: 7338 9176 or 7356 5045

 

Foundation for People at the Crossroads Inc, Kimbe

 

The Foundation is a registered NGO operating in the province.  The main objectives of the Foundation is to provide counselling and care services to vulnerable people, training on small business management, and to work collaboratively with government and non-government agencies to maintain a peaceful society.

The Foundation offers:

  • Counselling to vulnerable persons (HIV infected, victims of violence, etc.)
  • Training on business start-up and general management

Contact:

Mr. Fred and Kathy Waluka

Foundation for People at the Crossroads

PO Box 709, Kimbe

Tel: 983 4390, 7150 4662 or 7246 0620

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Caritas Papua New Guinea – Kimbe Catholic Archdiocese

 

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 its 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.Mathias Ire

Diocesan Caritas Coordinator

Kimbe Catholic Archdiocese

P O Box 436,Kimbe, WNBP

Telephone: 983 4672

Fax: 983 4294 | Mob: 7674 7797

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National Youth Development Authority – Kimbe, West New Britain 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:

 Mrs Celine Tabali - Advisor | Ph: 983 5639

Mobile:72886586 | Fax: 983 5298

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Mr. Ludwig Gambi - HRM Mananger | Ph: 983 4636

Mobile:72564297 | Fax: 983 5013