District Court, Vanimo, Aitape & Nuku

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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:

Vanimo District Court

PO Box 40, Vanimo.

Ph: 457 1470/1050,  Fax: 457 1467

Aitape Distrit Court House

PO Box 191, Aitape

Ph: 457 2040 | CUG: 7191 1253  | Fax: 457 2040

Nuku Court House

PO Box 57, Nuku  |  CUG: 7191 1269


Village Courts, West Sepik 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 Jack Sukap

Provincial Village Courts Officer

Office of the Provincial Administrator

P.O. Box 332, Vanimo

Sandaun Province

Ph: 4571565

Facsimile: 457 1565/4571181


Probation, Parole & Juvenile Justice Services, Vanimo


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 338, Vanimo, WSP

Ph/Fax: 457 1749


Provincial Administration & Dept. for Community Development, West Sepik


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 Division

Sandaun Provincial Government

PO Box 373, Vanimo

Ph:  457 1291


Catholic Church, West Sepik 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, 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, Drugs & Alcohol:  awareness, testing, treatment, care & 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:

Vanimo Diocese  |  Ph: 457 1031/ 457 1244

Aitape Diocese  |  Ph: 457 2047

Youth Co-ordinator  |  Ph: 457 2047/457 2046

Sr Suanta, Co-ordinator

Family Support Centre, Vanimo Diocese,

PO Box 205, Vanimo | Ph: 457 1244/457 2046

Health Secretary  |   Ph: 547 1031/457 2111


YWCA, Vanimo


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 - school holiday workshops, JJ training, child rights & responsibilities, empowering young women, and drug & 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

Ms Janette Mewi - ARSH Project Site

YWCA Vanimo   |   Ph: 7124 5423


Vanimo General Hospital


The Vanimo General Hospital has a number of services to the public in addition to its normal medical services, including:

  • The Family Support Centre, established in 2008, is a multi-agency referral point for women and children who have (and are) subjected to violence within the home, family or community.  It provides medical assistance, counselling, paralegal assistance, immediate accommodation and referral to other caring organisations. 
  • The Mental Health Service diagnoses, treats and managers patients with mental disorders and provides awareness programs to the community on maintaining good mental health.

Contact:

Mr/s Francis Petos - Manager Social Unit

Family Support Centre, Vanimo General Hospital

PO Box 331, Vanimo, Ph: 4571080

Mr Steven Janoram - Mental Health Service
Ph:457 1080


Vanimo Green Women's Council


The Vanimo Green Women's Council is a non-government organisation affiliated with the West Sepik Provincial Administration's Division for Community Development.  This group is primarily concerned with equipping women with vocational and practical skills in order to improve their standard of living and contribution to society.

The Green Women's Council provides:
  • Short courses in basic literacy, typing, farming, sewing, cooking and baking
  • Awareness workshops on a range of gender-related issues, including family violence, and other social issues affecting women
  • Counselling services to women in need

Contact:

Ms Susan Nali - President

Vanimo Green Women's Council

c/ Division of Community Development

West Sepik Provincial Administration

PO Box 169, Vanimo  |  Ph: 457 1294


Aiyawo Yelau Co-operative Society Ltd


The AYCS is a certified agricultural organisation registered with the Dept of Commerce, Trade & Industry.  It seeks to provide basic agricultural training to local village farmers by lobbying government agencies (National, Provincial and LLGs), donor organisations, and service providers to provide short-term training courses in agriculture for small holder farmers and life skills training for women and youths in the community.

The Society provides programs on:
  • Cocoa rehabilitation
  • Home economics
  • Drug & alcohol awareness
  • Leadership
  • Small business management
  • Law & order awareness

Contact:

Sylvester Omi

Secretary, AYCS

PO Ossol Village, Vanimo


Sandaun Family Sexual Violence Action Committee


This Committee is the Sandaun branch of the National FSVAC network.  Its key objective is to reduce the occurrence of all forms of violence against women and children.  The Committee's main partners in Sandaun are Catholic Family Life Centres, the Family Support Centre at the Vanimo General Hospital, Council of Women, Police and Courts.

The Committee provides:
  • Counselling services
  • Mediation services for aggrieved parties
  • Training programs women in community leadership roles and social workers

Contact:

Mr Eric Sakin

Provincial Co-ordinator, FSVAC, Sandaun

C/- Community Development Office

WS Provincial Administration

PO Box 169, Vanimo  |   Ph: 457 1294


Vanimo Correctional Institution, WSP


Our main purpose for conducting rehabilitation programs to detainees is to develop and implement initiatives to reintegrate offenders and reduction in re-offending. Thus, when a detainee is or has finished his prison sentence, how would have had new skills or trades to contribute meaningfully to his family, community and have honest living and employment of his own.

The Vanimo Correctional Institute also provides the following rehabilitation programs:
  • Prison Adult Literacy (Training of trainers and adult literacy)
  • Spiritual Rehabilitation (various churches)
  • Basic Mechanical Training (Theory & practical)
  • Prison Industries (Building construction/Joinery & Agriculture/Fishing
  • Counselling Services (Community Development/Social Services and the various churches on spiritual counselling
  • Internal and External Sports
  • FODE (Upgrading and matriculation)

Contact:

Mr.Michael Wundia

Commanding Officer (Superintendent)

Mr. Jim Welly - Deputy Commanding Officer

(Snr. Superintendent)  |  Ph: 457 1400


Department of Works - Vanimo, WSP


Department of Works in Vanimo on wards contracts below K500, 000.00 every quarter to people in the local communities to do clean –up and maintenance work to maintain the national highways, bridges, water supplies, government buildings, airports and airstrips, etc.

The Department of Works in Vanimo provides the following services besides its main functions:

  • HIV/AIDS Awareness which the contractor as to do
  • Other cross cutting issues which the contractors as to do
  • Contracting eligible contractors which is inclusive of youths groups and women’s groups
  • Give advice to eligible contractors on tender documents and business registration and other details

Contact:

Mr. Jonathan Poka

Provincial Engineer

PO BOX 210, VANIMO, West Sepik Province

Phone/Fax: 457 1510


Sunbird Aviation - Vanimo, WSP


The organisation offers information and advice to:

1. Responsible government organisations

2. The people in the community, especially youth about the dangers of pornography and substance abuse and will assist in creating awareness

Sunbird Aviation offers the following services:
  • Provision of information and advice
  • Support male advocacy
  • Support awareness training on alcohol and drug abuse
  • Support awareness training on cyber-crime and human trafficking

Contact:

Mr. Patrick Fuluvii - Base Manager

Sunbird Aviation   |   Ph: 7133 3001


Lujang Home for Girls, WSP


The sisters of Lujang take in abused girls and orphans and raise them up by providing shelter, food, education and other things besides the basic necessities to give them a chance in life.

The Sisters of Lujang also provides:
  • Human rights
  • Provide necessities for abused girls

Contact:

Sisters of Lujang - Lujang Home for Girls

East Tower - PO. Box 105, VANIMO

Sr. Ancilla Correita  -  Sister in Charge


Community Justice Service Centre (CJSC) - Lumi, WSP


Community Justice Service Centre – is an integral element of National Government’s “respect agenda on service delivery” by joining hands with Provincial and Local Level Government, development partners, other government agencies, the private sector, Civil Society Organizations to improve local quality of life and to tackle anti social behaviour and crime associated behaviour and crime. Community Justice Centre brings law and justice and the community together, solving problems, reducing crime and building confidence.

The SJSC’s conducts the following programs:

  • RJ and Crime Prevention activities/programs
  • Village Courts and Land Mediation activities/programs
  • Supervising non-custodial prisoners; probation; parole and juvenile justice
  • Public Curator
  • Public Solicitors - paralegal

Contact:

Mr. Peter Paine

CJSC Coordinator – Lumi

P. O. Box 984, WEWAK, E.S.P 

Phone: 7978 1016


Caritas Papua New Guinea – Vanimo 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. Tony Inikre

Diocesan Caritas Coordinator

Vanimo Catholic Diocese

P O Box 205, Vanimo,  Sandaun Province

Ph: 457 1031  |   Fax: 457 1105

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Mr.Tony Francis - Diocesan Caritas Coordinator

Catholic Diocese Aitape

P O Box 179, Aitape,  Sandaun Province

Ph: 457 2046/7 | Fax: 457 2056 |  Mob: 7251 5538

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National Youth Development Authority – Vanimo, West Sepik 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:

Jerry Kamaso - Staff Director

P.O.Box 291, VANIMO, W.S.P

Mob:724 20156/76967067

Ph:4571329 | Fax: 457 1020 / 457 1181

Eric Sandaun   |   Ph: 7378 5040

Florence Agen - Acting Director Community Developement

P.O.Box 169,VANIMO,W.SP