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MEDIA RELEASE

31st December 2021

Court Seals Updated

Effective 1st January 2022 the Cook Islands High Court and Court of Appeal will be using new court seals.

 

Secretary of Justice, Tamatoa Jonassen, stated "pursuant to the Judicature Act the Minister of Justice, Honourable Mac Mokoroa has authorized the use of new court seals to replace the

old ones."

The new court seals will now use the Cook Islands coat of arms instead of the New Zealand coat of arms within the stamped impression of the court seal. "Our Judiciary is supportive of this change, and it is about time our court seals were updated," says Mr. Jonassen.

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Our Office will be closed on the following Public Holidays
Monday, 27th December 2021 and Tuesday, 28th December 2021
Monday, 3rd January 2022, and Tuesday 4th January 2022

Furthermore, services to the public counter will be open from 8:30am to 1:00pm on:
24th December 2021, and 29th December 2021 to 31st December 2021.
Normal Business hours will resume Wednesday, 5th January 2022.

For emergencies please contact:
Land Division: Ma Cherie Mani This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Civil and Criminal Division: Therese Matara This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Registrar of High Courts: Kopu Matua-Atuatika This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Companies: Ruta Areai This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Registrar – Registry Services: Rimmel Poila-Mokoroa This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Survey: Bruce Manuela This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Land Titles: Tutai Matenga This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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PUBLIC NOTICE

Please be advised that all persons summoned for the Jury duty to attend the High Court sitting on Monday the 15th November 2021 at 8:30am will no longer be required to attend, and your services will not be needed on the day. All JURY TRIALS for this year are being rescheduled for 2022. Thank you for your understanding.


TUATUA AKAKITE

Te akakite iatu nei ki te au tiuri (jurors) tei tamanuia kia tae mai ki te Akavaanga Teitei a te Monite ra 15 o Noema 2021 i te ora 8.30 i te popongi, kare kotou e anoanoia kia aere mai a teia rā. Kua vaoo iatu te au oroanga te ka kimiia i mua i te au tiuri no te mataiti 2022 e tu mai nei. Meitaki maata


Kopuvai Matua-Atuatika
REGISTRAR

Photo (from left to right): Veronica Papatua (LAT Secretary), Tangata Ina Tou (LAT Member), Tutai Hosking (LAT Member), Tamatoa Jonassen (MOJ Secretary), Oliver Peyroux (LAT Chairman), Ngametua Arakua (LAT Member).

 

The Ministry of Justice wishes to express its appreciation to Oliver Peyroux who retires this month as Chairman of the Leases Approval Tribunal (“LAT”).

Mr. Peyroux previously served in the Ministry of Justice as Chief Surveyor and formerly as an LAT Chairman. In 2019, following the appointment of the then LAT Chairman to the Chief Surveyor role, Mr. Peyroux heeded the call to return to serve as LAT Chairman once again.
“It has been an honour to have our papa Ollie serve on the Leases Approval Tribunal,” says Tamatoa Jonassen, Secretary of the Ministry of Justice. “The LAT has been blessed by his strength and experience, and we will miss him.”
Minister for Justice, the Honourable Mac Mokoroa, stated “the last two years of service by Mr. Peyroux is the capstone of a life full of dedicated service to the Cook Islands. I am grateful for his service and acknowledge that his service was strengthened by his very supportive family.”
With Mr. Peyroux’s retirement, Ngametua Arakua will take up the role as LAT Chairman beginning November. Other LAT members include Tangata Ina Tou, Tuaine Manuela, and Tutai Hosking.

Please be advised that due to ongoing Bridge Construction near the Ministry of Justice, the entrances onto the premises may be impacted over the next eight months.

Effective immediately, the Tupapa-side entrance will now be used for exit only.

Furthermore, parking under the MOJ building will only be for MOJ staff, the Judiciary & Designated Stakeholders beginning October 11th.

The public is reminded not to block access ways around the building.

 

Meitaki Maata
Management & Staff

Ministry of Justice | Tango Tutara o te Ture

PUBLIC NOTICE

Please be advised that there has been some changes in JURY TRIAL scheduling during the first week of September court fixture, all jurors summoned to attend the High Court sitting on Monday the 6th of September 2021 at 8:30am will no longer be required to attend, and your services will not be needed on the day. Thank you for your understanding.

 

TUATUA AKAKITE

Te akakiteia atu nei ki te au tiuri (jurors) tei tamanuia kia tae mai ki te Akavaanga Teitei, te epetoma mua i te Monite ra 6 o Tepetema 2021 i te ora 8.30 i te Popongi, e kare kotou e anoanoia kia aere mai a tera rā. Meitaki maata.

 

Kopuvai Matua-Atuatika
REGISTRAR

MEDIA RELEASE

19th August 2021

August Land Court Schedule Continues

Please be advised that the matters scheduled for Land Court for the month of August will continue as scheduled during Alert Level 2. However, due to travel restrictions caused by the evolving Covid situation, Zoom web conferencing technology will be used to link both Rarotonga and Aitutaki courthouses to allow those on Rarotonga and Aitutaki to attend court.

For example, if you are on Rarotonga and wanted to attend a land court matter scheduled in Aitutaki, you would instead report to the Rarotonga courthouse to be part of the Zoom meeting linked with Aitutaki.

As a reminder, due to Alert Level 2, the Ministry may limit the number of persons gathered in the courtroom or in the foyer to ensure social distancing. Furthermore, everyone visiting a Ministry of Justice courthouse/office must register their visit by using their Cooksafe card or registering at a computer station by the main building entrance.

Should you have any questions, please contact Ministry of Justice Court staff.

 

Public Notice

Please be advised that the land court sitting scheduled for Monday the 3rd to Thursday the 6th and Monday the 10th to Thursday the 13th of May 2021 has been postponed until further notice. The Ministry of Justice sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience. The postponement is to allow for full compliance with all the provisions of section 332 of the Code Civil Procedure of the High Court 1981 while the provisions are updated.

Tuatua akakite

Te akakite iatu nei kite katoatoa, te Akavaanga Teitei (Tuanga Enua) tei akanoo iatu no te Monite ra 3 ki te Paraparau ra 6, Monite ra 10 ki te Paraparau ra 13 o Me 2021, kua vao iatu te reira no tetai tuatau ke, kia tau kia aru ia teia akavaanga ki raro I te ture tuanga 332 o te Code Civil Procedure of the High Court 1981. Te tatara atu nei te Tango Tutara o te Ture no teia tei tupu.

 With the new national Covid-19 Alert Level System launched 27th April 2021, the following measures are applicable to ALL PERSONS visiting the Ministry of Justice in Rarotonga:

 

Alert Level 1: Prepare

Cook Islands = NO Covid-19 | New Zealand = NO Community Transmission

  • Must register visit before entering building either through CookSafe card system or the Computer Kiosk station.
  • Wash and dry hands thoroughly, cough into elbow, don’t touch your face.
  • Stay home if you’re sick, report flu-like symptoms to Ministry of Health.
 

 Alert Level 2: Reduce

Cook Islands = NO Covid-19 | New Zealand = YES Community Transmission

In addition to Alert Level 1 measures:

  • Maintain physical distancing of 2 metres away from persons outside your bubble.
  • Number of persons in courtrooms and foyer may be limited.
  • Recent travellers must follow any isolation/quarantine advice from Ministry of Health.
 

Alert Level 3: Restrict

Cook Islands = Covid-19 DETECTED

  • Building will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.
  • Scheduled appointments will be postponed/rescheduled.
  • Some court hearings may continue via web conferencing (Zoom). Zoom capability must be setup and tested with staff in advance.
  • Face coverings mandatory for staff (essential workers) in building.
  • Working from home will be implemented on a limited basis.
  • Communication by email, but Public to expect delays in response.
  • Court applications may be filed digitally to the Registrar, with originals to be delivered to Ministry of Justice when Alert Level is 1 or 2.
 

Alert Level 4: Lockdown

Cook Islands = 2+ Covid-19 cases

In addition to Alert Level 3 measures:

  • Expect reduced capacity for court hearings by web conferencing (Zoom).
  • Expect additional delays in responses.

PUBLIC NOTICE
Please be advised that there has been some changes in JURY TRIAL scheduling during the March court fixture, all jurors summoned to attend the High Court sitting on Wednesday the 24th of March 2021 at 8:30am will no longer be required to attend, and your services will not be needed on the day. Thank you for your understanding.

TUATUA AKAKITE
Te akakiteia atu nei ki te au tiuri (jurors) tei tamanuia kia tae mai ki te Akavaanga Teitei a te Ruitoru ra 24 o Mati 2021 i te ora 8.30 i te popongi e, kare kotou e anoanoia kia aere mai a tera rā. Meitaki maata.

Kopuvai Matua-Atuatika
REGISTRAR

PUBLIC NOTICE

Please be advised that due to COVID-19, there has been some changes in JURY TRIAL scheduling during the March court fixture, all jurors summoned to attend the High Court sitting on Monday 8th March 2021 at 8:30am will no longer be required to attend, and your services will not be needed on the day. Thank you for your understanding.

TUATUA AKAKITE

Te akakiteia atu nei ki te au tiuri (jurors) tei tamanuia kia tae mai ki te Akavaanga Teitei a te Monite ra 8 o Mati 2021 i te ora 8.30 i te popongi e, kare kotou e anoanoia kia aere mai a tera rā. Meitaki maata.

Kopuvai Matua-Atuatika
REGISTRAR

PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that a Sitting of the Leases Approval Tribunal (LAT) will be held on FRIDAY THE 26th MARCH 2021 AT 9.00AM at the Courtroom, Avarua, Rarotonga to hear and consider the applications listed below. Any person/s wishing to be heard on that day in respect of any of these applications may do so in person or may instruct some other lawyer or may send before the 26TH MARCH 2021 written submissions to the Tribunal addressed to the Chairman of the Leases Approval Tribunal, Ministry of Justice, P.O. Box 111, Rarotonga.

TUATUA AKAKITE

Te akakite iatu nei kite katoatoa e ka rave ia tetai Akavaanga (Leases Approval Tribunal) a te VARAIRE RA 26 O MATI 2021 I TE ORA 9.00 I TE POPONGI (9.00AM) ki roto i te Are Akavaanga i Avarua no te kimianga i teia au oroanga i raro ake nei. Ka akatikaia tetai uatu tangata tei anoano kia akarongo ia tana tuatua a te reira ra, no runga i teia au oroanga me kore kia akaue atu i tetai tangata ke me kore, kia tuatua i tana tuatua me kore kia tata mai i tana tuatua na roto i tetai peapa ki te Tama Akatere o te Leases Approval Tribunal, Ministry of Justice, P.O. Box 111, Rarotonga i mua ake i te ra 26 O MATI 2021.

Any changes with the court schedule will be advised.

Jury trials are to commence on Wednesday the 10th of March 2021 following a gap of over a year caused by the Covid19 pandemic.  The schedule is subject to any changes in measures imposed to combat the Covid19 pandemic. The session beginning 10 March 2021 will last for three weeks instead of the usual two weeks.

Jury trials are scheduled for the first and third week. The second week has a Judge Alone trial scheduled involving a private prosecution brought by a citizen against the Prime Minister and the former Prime Minister alleging breaches of s 280 of the Crimes Act 1969 and s 64(2)(d)(1) of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management Act 1995-96 in relation to the charter at public expense of flights to Penrhyn and Pukapuka in the aftermath of the 14 June 2018 General Election with the amount paid for the charter flights being alleged to have been improper use of public monies or a fraudulent conspiracy in that regard. 

All trials will be open to the public subject to seating limitations and social distancing measures. Recording or photography is not permitted in the Courtroom, exemption may be requested in writing through the Registrar prior to the trial.