Magistrate Services plans for new ‘home’

By the year 2020, the Magisterial Services in Port Moresby hopes to have its headquarter and court complex accommodating all the courts for magistrates in one building.

A four storey building is being designed and will be fully funded by the Australian Government. 

The court complex  is still in the planning stage with architects completing the design.

The master plan will be presented to the Magisterial services by February 2016 before tenders go out for the construction phase.

Land has been allocated for the new Magisterial Services Court complex which is next to the main National and Supreme Court Building at Waigani which is also undergoing construction for the new court complex.

Chief Magistrate Nerrie Eliakim said the Magisterial Services Corporate Plan 2016-2020 would work towards having that court complex up by 2020.

This will house all the magistrates located in Port Moresby, and have all the magisterial courts in one complex.

Currently the Local and Provincial Land Court hearings are being held at Down Town,Port Moresby. This includes Juvenile and Family Courts.

The summary offences court hearings are being heard at Boroko while the Committal, Traffic as well as Central Court matters are being heard at Waigani.

When the new court building complex is completed in 2020, all these will be based at the one location.

Funding of the construction is still under discussion however the master plan is nearing completion.

(Pictured above is the architectural plan of the new complex.)


Sally Pokiton