Village Court Officials Training Vital
BY YOMBI KEP ( Post Courier )
Village court officials training are important in the promotion and protection of children’s rights in Papua New Guinea.
Under a new roll-out project called ‘Strongim Justis, Strongim Komuniti’ (Stronger Justice for Stronger Community) initiated by the Department of Justice and Attorney General and ChildFund Papua New Guinea with support from the European Union (EU) trainings will be provided to village court officials and how they will deal with cases in regards to the new Acts and Policies about child protection.
“The Protection of children and Lukautim Pikinini is at the community level where the children are,” said Director, National Office for Child and Family Services, Mr Simon Yanis.
Nearly all village court officials in PNG don’t know the Lukautim Pikinini Act and policies which were introduced in 2013 to 2015, hence more awareness and training is required for them to perform to their fullest potential.
“Village Courts play a central role in PNG’s justice system. However, village court practice needs to reflect modern rights-protecting domestic laws and policies that the government has established in accordance with its international commitments in the past 5 years,” Said Country Director, ChildFund PNG Mr Manish Joshi.
“There is a need to equip stakeholders from the village courts with knowledge about women’s and children’s rights as part of efforts to reverse current trends,” said Training Coordinator, Village Courts Secretariat, Department of Justice and Attorney General, Ms Kerri-May Kulanawi.