PUBLIC NOTICE Update: Public Counter Service Hours from March 2022

Effective Monday 7th March 2022, due to staff capacity constraints and implementation of covid19 protocols, the Ministry of Justice will be reducing the Rarotonga office hours of when its service counters are open to the public to 10am to 2pm, unless by appointment. Members of the public are encouraged to call ahead on (682) 29410 or  email to schedule an appointment. Make an Appointment

This change will only impact services provided over the counter; court schedules will continue to operate as normal.

The Main Electoral Rolls for Rarotonga and Te Pa Enua for the 2022 General Elections.

MEDIA RELEASE
25th May 2022
Ministry of Justice Training Workshop – Northern Group

Last week the Ministry of Justice conducted a three day training workshop in the Northern Group on the islands of Pukapuka, Manihiki, and Penrhyn.

The six person team that conducted the training included Her Worship Tangi Taoro (Senior Justice of the Peace), His Worship John Whitta (Deputy Senior Justice of the Peace), Kopu Matua-Atuatika (Registrar of the High Court), Therese Matara (Deputy Registrar – Criminal & Civil Court), MaCherie Mani (Deputy Registrar – Land Court), and Mitchell Tutangata (IT Manager).

The training was primarily offered to current and incoming Justices of the Peace on the islands of Pukapuka, Nassau, Manihiki, Rakahanga, and Penrhyn, but also included the police and members of the island governments. Unfortunately, not all participants from Nassau were able to attend due to fuel shortages.

Ministry of Justice Secretary Tamatoa Jonassen stated “I am grateful we were able to offer this training after being delayed twice due to covid travel restrictions. We will be making sure that those from Nassau who missed out on the training receive the training materials.”

Picture 1: Workshop participants in Pukapuka

Picture 1: Workshop participants in Pukapuka

With the assistance of the Pacific Justice Sector Programme (PJSP), the Cook Islands Ministry of Justice has last week launched a new Case Tracking System (CTS) to improve management of its court cases.  

Picture (Left to Right): Tamatoa Jonassen (Secretary), Kopu Matua-Atuatika (Registrar), MaCherie Mani (Deputy Registrar – Land Court), Alisha Rangi (Civil & Criminal Court Clerk), Teapaiariki Tearaitoa (Baliff & Court Orderly), Mitchell Tutangata (IT Manager).

The new system replaces an outdated system that relied primarily on a patchwork of excel spreadsheets and antiquated applications.  

Implementing CTS provides for greater efficiency and enhanced accuracy to manage court cases from their inception until they are properly adjudicated. Furthermore, documents can now be uploaded in the centralized CTS system to allow the Cook Islands Judiciary to easily and securely access from anywhere in the world. With the implementation of CTS, the Ministry of Justice has modernized its court case management, which will also allow for greater reporting, tracking, analysis, monitoring, and scheduling of court cases.

MEDIA RELEASE

13th April 2022

Company Re-Registration Period Completed

The Ministry of Justice would like to thank those who took the opportunity to re-register their companies by the 31st March 2022 deadline.

When the Companies Act 2017 was commenced and the Online Registry was launched on 10th December 2019, companies were given a full year to re-register their companies online. Over 880 companies were able to re-register by 10th December 2020. However, despite the public awareness efforts of the Ministry of Justice during that time, a number of companies did not meet that year long deadline and the Ministry understood that the global impact of Covid19 were just being felt during that period.

Parliament passed an amendment to the Companies Act in late 2021 to assist those businesses who did not meet the 2020 deadline which effectively extended that deadline until 31st March 2022. Due to that effort, over 170 companies were able to re-register onto the Online Registry in 2022.

Information on registered companies can be viewed on the Online Registry at https://registry.justice.gov.ck. Registering a new company, or filing annual returns or any other company filings are also done through the Online Registry.

Take notice that the Chief Justice has cancelled certain succession orders to an application filed in 1996 to succeed to the interests of the late EMMA MOETAUA will now be reheard.

The High Court has ordered that any person who believes they are entitled to succeed to any of the interests of Emma Moetaua in any of the following lands listed below must file an application to succeed by 4.00 p.m. on Friday 22 April 2022

The relevant lands are:

Lands succeeded to by Emma Moetaua being lands of the family Emma Moetaua was adopted into:
TE TAORA SECTION 128D; TUTAKIMOA SECTION 14E; AVARUA SECTION 190A1; AVARUA SECTION 190A2; TAPATEA SECTION 107B1; TAPATEA SECTION 107B2; TAPATEA SECTION 223; PARAKO SECTION 134, AVARUA

Lands succeeded to by Emma Moetaua arising from Emma Moetaua’s blood line:
PUAPUAUTU SECTION 105C; TE MARU O TAITI SECTION 111; TE RAVAKI SECTION 107A1B; TUTAKIMOA SECTION 48A1; TARARA SECTION 102D; PUTU I TAPAE SECTION 188G; VAIKAI SECTION 187H2B; TE TAMANU SECTION 100A; ARETERE SECTION 79, AVARUA; and PUNAROTO SECTION 2, MATAVERA;


Kopuvai Matua-Atuatika
REGISTRAR OF THE HIGH COURT

Court Schedule 2022

DATE DURATION Presiding Justice/Justice of the Peace Jurisdiction

21-25 Feb

1 week

JP Maki

Land

7 -25 March

3 weeks

Chief Justice Hugh Williams

Criminal/Civil

26 April-6 May

2 weeks

Isaac, J

Land

16-20 May

1 week

Judges

Court of Appeal

6-8 June

3 days

Coxhead, J

Land

13 Jun -1 July

3 weeks

Potter, J

Criminal/Civil

4-15 July

2 Weeks

Coxhead, J

Land

22-26 Aug

29 Aug-2 Sept

2 weeks

Grice, J

Criminal/Civil

12-30 Sept

3 weeks

Keane, J

Criminal/Civil

10-21 Oct

2 weeks

Armstrong, J

Land

31 Oct-4 Nov

1 week

Judges

Court of Appeal

14 Nov-2 Dec

3 weeks

Doherty, J

Criminal/Civil

12-16 Dec

1 week

JP Maki

Land

       

# Any changes will be advised

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.
Births, Deaths and Marriages: Helen Williams This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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.
Land Trust: Ina Nooapii This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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.

 

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 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.

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