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Thursday 12 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four Tongan nationals who have been charged with forgery, receiving bribery and related charges regarding a complaint over a passport application that allegedly involved a forged birth certificate had their case adjourned to Monday, 23 November.
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Thursday 12 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Commercial retailing of Tonga's Rugby Union and World Cup apparel caused an argument between two Nuku'alofa traders that ended up in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court - when one tried to stop the other from importing and selling apparel. However, Chief Justice Paulsen has discharged an initial order restraining a local broker from selling apparel that had the Tonga Rugby Union logo, Kukri brand name or IRB mark printed on it, and said the plaintiff's case was not strong.
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Tuesday 10 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A convicted murderer, who had received a life sentence for murdering his fiancé in New Zealand in 2003, killed again in Tonga only a few months after his release and deportation to Tonga in December 2013.
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Monday 9 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two stepbrothers who made a “brutal and ruthless” attack on a market gardener at Longolongo last year, were each sentenced to seven-years nine-months imprisonment. Mr Justice Cato said the sentence "must reflect the need to protect the public from this kind of offending."
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Friday 6 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Afofa Ta’ai (49) was sentenced to prison for two-years six-months for falsification of accounts and embezzling $51,829 pa’anga from his employer Homegas Ltd on 5 October, at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
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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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