Jonsin, the "high chief" of South West Bay Mewun area, summons residents to a court session by blowing a traditional conch (bubu shell). In colonial times, serious disputes were heard and settled by European district agents. Since independence, the burden of dispute settlements and punishment has fallen almost completely onto local residents and officials. In 1981, the 'lokal kafman' (local government) committee was named Nikinikikinau, the word for the linchpin of a fence, the one that holds all the other pieces of wood in place.
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