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Legal System

The legal system of Papua New Guinea is based on English Common Law but recognises customary law particularly with regard to customary land rights. The lower courts include district, local, village and magistrates’ courts; superior to these is the National Court followed by the Supreme Court which is the final court of appeal and the constitutional court. Serious criminal and civil cases are heard by the National Court. In 2012 it was estimated that there were some 13, 000 officials operating in 1,100 village courts which hear around half a million cases every year. In addition there are specialised courts which deal with civil cases related to the mining sector, family law and customary land disputes. The autonomous region of Bougainville has a separate judicial system and court structure.

Legal organisations in Papua New Guinea
Acanufa & Associates
AG Corren & Co. Lawyers
Bradshaw Lawyers
BT Gobu & Associates Lawyers
David Lora Lawyers
Dennis Lawyers
Elemi Lawyers
Emilio & Associates Lawyers
Fiocco Posman & Kua Lawyers
Furigi Lawyers
Gamoga & Co. Lawyers
Goma & Kwimberi Lawyers
Harricknen Lawyers
Henaos Lawyers
Ikennas Lawyers & Notaries
JB Nanei & Co. Lawyers
John W Palek Lawyers
Kaputin William & Associates
Kari Bune Lawyers Ltd
Lambu David Lawyer
Latu Lawyers
LJSS
Maladinas Lawyers
Milner & Associates Lawyers
Namaliu & Co. Lawyers
Norton White
O’Briens Lawyers
Pacific Legal Group Lawyers
Peter Lowing Lawyers/Pacific Legal Network
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Rageau, Elemi & Kikira Lawyers
Saulep Lawyers
Simon Norum & Co. Lawyers
Stevens Lawyers
Tamutai Lawyers
Thomas More Ilaisa Lawyers & Attorneys
Warner Shand Lawyers
White Young & Williams Lawyers & Notaries
Yapao Lawyers
Young & WIilliams Lawyers
Zimike Lawyers