A "Let Girls be Girls!" campaign aimed to stop a growing trend of child marriage in Tonga, was launched on Friday, May 19. The campaign seeks to repeal Tonga's law on marriage and lift the legal age to 18-years and over. Currently the law allows children from the ages of 15-17 to marry with parental consent.
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Friday 19 May 2017
Wednesday 8 October 2014
An attempt by the Ministry of Justice to reform Tonga's judicial system is on hold, awaiting HM King Tupou VI's consent to amendments of the Constitution and the Judicial and Legal Service Commission Act, that were passed by Parliament at the end of August. A constitutional review has found that "The provisions in the Constitution relating to the Judiciary are particularly laking in both structure and content to the extent that they are not only unworkable but are totally incompatible with the principles of constitutional monarchy and democracy upon which the new Constitution of 2010 was supposed to have been founded." By Pesi Fonua.
Tuesday 24 September 2013
Tonga's Chief Justice has been forced to cancel a second session of Tonga’s Court of Appeal that was scheduled for October-November this year due to the loss of vital positions in the Supreme Court Registry in Nuku‘alofa.
Thursday 19 April 2012
Charles Cato of New Zealand is to join the Supreme Court of Tonga as its third judge, after his appointment was confirmed by the King in Council on April 4.
Saturday 26 September 1998
Mr Justice Gordon Ward, who was Chief Justice for Tonga 1992-1995 will return as Chief Justice starting on November 16 under local appointment. When Mr Justice Ward left Tonga in 1995, it also concluded a 90-year working relationship between Tonga and the United Kingdom.