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PUBLIC NOTICE: 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.


Government of the Cook Islands

PO Box 111, Rarotonga, Cook Islands  Phone: (682) 29410  E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Web:




The public is hereby advised, due to current COVID-19 circumstances, the Ministry of Justice will be limiting its services to the general public commencing Wednesday 25th March 2020.


High Courts Division:

All court hearings, other than criminal court hearings, will be rescheduled for a date after June 2020.  Criminal court hearings involving arrests will continue, but under strict social distancing protocols.  Meetings of Assembled Owners (MOAOs) and Lease Approval Tribunal hearings will be suspended until after June 2020.  Research into court records (e.g. land, traditional titles) will be suspended until further notice.

Registry Services Division:

All births, deaths, and marriage registrations and applications, as well as companies, incorporated societies and Personal Properties Security inquires may be done via email correspondence or phone calls, to assist with social distancing. Should physical certificates be required, these must first be arranged with Registry Services staff before pickup is scheduled.  Under the circumstances, please anticipate longer processing times.

Land Administration Division:

Land Trust payments will continue, but with reduced capacity and applications processed by phone and email.  Please anticipate significant delays in processing all applications and outward payments.


Survey will also continue with reduced capacity and counter services will no longer be available.  Inquiries will be attended to by phone or email.

Please continue to monitor our Ministry of Justice website for any updates, including information on doing online payments. We are asking for your cooperation and understanding during this time of crisis.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.


For further information or inquiries please contact the following staff:


Email Phone

  High Courts Division

 Land: Ma’Cherie Mani   56203
 Civil and Criminal: Therese Tutai   55360
 Registrar of High Courts: Kopu Matua-Atuatika   52299

  Registry Services Division

 Births, Deaths and Marriages: Helen Williams   76559
 Companies, Incorporated Societies, Personal Property Securities: Ruta Areai   81139
 Registrar - Registry Services: Rimmel Poila-Mokoroa   58748

  Land Administration Division

  Land Trust, Land Titles:
  Survey: Bruce Manuela
  Registrar - Land Administration:

  General Inquiries

  Inquiries: Ministry of Justice - General Inquiries   29410