The Challenges of Village Courts and Operation Mekim Save among the Enga of Papua New Guinea Today: A View from the Inside

AUTHOR(S)
Nitze Pupu
Polly Wiessner
Justice

This paper addresses the question of how customary law courts maintain justice and restore community relations through decades of rapid change including: (1) how the Enga navigate the legal pluralism of customary and formal justice systems, (2) the problems of adapting customary laws to changing circumstances and (3) the problems that arise with young untrained magistrates who are not fully conversant in custom.

The paper includes discussion on how Village Courts deal with issues such as marriage problems, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS and sorcery accusations.

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Submitted by Toksave
March 23, 2021
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