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Thursday 5 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An application by Hon. ‘Etuate Lavulavu to add a counterclaim against Viliami Uasike Latu was dismissed by Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen in the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court on 16 October. The Chief Justice stated that Lavulavu's counterclaim was "both irrelevant and useless".
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Tuesday 29 September 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Primary school teacher Tevita Po’ese Mahe (24) appeared at the Magistrate’s Court in Nuku’alofa on Monday, 28 September on multiple charges including indecently assaulting six young male students. The case was adjourned to October for submission to the Supreme Court.
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Monday 21 September 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva and the Public Service Association won their appeal against an initial court order to pay $20,000 each of security costs before their civil action against Tongasat can proceed.
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Monday 21 September 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Appeal Court has dismissed an appeal by Hon ‘Etuate Lavulavu who was seeking trial by a jury for an election petition filed against him for alleged bribery and corrupt practices during his election campaign in November last year.
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Monday 7 September 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An appeal by the Kele’a newspaper, its publisher and editor, against a Magistrate's Court decision was dismissed by Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen in the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court on 1 September.
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Friday 4 September 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Court of Appeal second session will hear 12 appeals from September 7-18 at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
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Monday 31 August 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Saia Langi Naufahu (52) accused of a violent domestic assault after he allegedly threw boiling water on his wife in Sopu appeared at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 31 August.
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Monday 10 August 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongatapu No. 4 People's Representative Mateni Tapueluelu will be called to the Supreme Court to answer a civil challenge that might result in him losing his seat. It is alleged that his candidacy was unlawful because he had an alleged outstanding debt on the date of his nomination for the General Election in 2014.
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Wednesday 5 August 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tui’vakano and three others have filed a notice of appeal to the Supreme Court on Monday, 3 August against a judgment by the Lord Chief Justice in June this year ordering that legal costs amounting to $22,000 be returned to the Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva.
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Wednesday 29 July 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Kele’a newspaper’s editor and publisher were sentenced to pay fines after they were found to be in contempt of court by the Chief Justice on 24 June, at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
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Friday 24 July 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Costs amounting to $22,000 that were paid to the courts by the Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva should be paid back to him, the Chief Justice has ruled this week.
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Wednesday 22 July 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Acting Attorney General and Director of Public Prosecutions has received evidence from the Supreme Court Registry regarding an alleged outstanding debt by People’s Representative for Tongatapu No.4, Mateni Tapueluelu on the date of his electoral candidacy registration.
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Tuesday 21 July 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Halelima Hafoka (25), charged with the murder of a 24-year-old soldier in a stabbing incident earlier this month, appeared at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 20 July.
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Wednesday 15 July 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Attorney General’s office is waiting on the Supreme Court Registry to confirm evidence on whether or not the People’s Representative for Tongatapu No. 4, Mateni Tapueluelu, had an outstanding debt on the date of his electoral candidacy registration.
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Wednesday 15 July 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A trial to hear an election petition filed against Hon ‘Etuate Lavulavu for alleged illegal practices that was to start this month has been deferred pending his appeal against a ruling by the Chief Justice not to have a jury trial.
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Thursday 4 June 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sefo Kautai (58) appeared at the Magistrate’s Court yesterday 3 June charged with three counts in relation to the alleged shootings and wounding two of his relatives at a plantation in Lavengatonga, Tongatapu on 29 May.
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Wednesday 27 May 2015
Salt Lake City, USA
Vilisoni Angilau (21) was sentenced to prison for up to 15-years for the death of another Tongan Sione Fakatoufifita (19) during a fatal shooting two-years ago in Salt Lake City.
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Tuesday 26 May 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Friendly Islands Satellite Communications Ltd (Tongasat) was allowed to proceed with causes of action including defamation claims against Laucala Pohiva, Mateni Tapueluelu, the Public Service Association (PSA) and four others for publishing its tax documents.
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Tuesday 26 May 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Public Service Association Inc. and the Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva have been granted a stay on a Court Order that required them to lodge $20,000 pa'anga each in security costs to the courts before they could take action against Tongasat.
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Friday 8 May 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Supreme Court has made a garnishee order that all debts due or to be gained by Siosaia Moehau from Tonga Power Ltd up to a sum of $860,077.59 plus interest should be paid directly to Westpac Bank of Tonga for his debts.
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