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Sunday 1 November 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The advanced level of corrosion and rust on the MV Princess Ashika was a serious concern for Sateki Tupou, whenever the ferry left port, the foreman and the workshop supervisor of the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd., told the Commission of Inquiry Day Four on Friday, October 30.
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Thursday 29 October 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A welder and fitter for the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd Manase Katoa, in his testimony this morning at the Inquiry into the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika reaffirmed the advanced level of rust and corrosion of the vessel and how unfit it was to operate in Tonga.
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Tuesday 27 October 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first public hearing of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika on the night of August 5, got into a vibrant start this afternoon, when Mosese Fakatou, a former Marine Engineer with the Ministry of Ports and Authority showed slide photos of holes and heavy corroded sides and floor of the ferry.
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Friday 2 October 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first public hearing of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the MV Ashika ferry was held on October 1 at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre.
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Friday 18 September 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mr Justice Warwick Andrew has been temporarily relieved from his Supreme Court judge duties to take up his role as the Chairman of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika.
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Monday 14 September 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Crown has yet to decide if it should apply to re-open the criminal sedition case against four People's Representatives of 2006 who were acquitted of an indictment on a joint charge of seditious conspiracy by the Appeal Court of Tonga on Wednesday, September 9.
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Tuesday 1 September 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
John Cauchi, Tonga's first independent Public Prosecutor and Attorney General warned the Tongan media that the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the passenger ferry MV Princess Ashika will be conducted like a court of law.
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Tuesday 2 June 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
John Cauchi was appointed as Tonga's new Attorney General effective from last week, Monday May 25, four days before the opening of parliament.
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Thursday 9 October 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A permanent Anti Corruption Commissioner for Tonga may be announced next week, said Vuna Fa'otusia, the Chief Executive Officer for Tonga's Ministry of Justice today.
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Tuesday 9 September 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's King in Council has repealed the Emergency Powers Regulations 2007 and replaced them with new Emergency Powers (Public Safety and Public Order) Regulations 2008, effective from September 5 for 30 days, over an extended area of the capital Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 6 May 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government, with support from the Commonwealth Secretariat, is to appoint a third Supreme Court Judge for a period of two years on Wednesday, May 7.
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Monday 10 December 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A revision of the licence of the New Zealand lawyer Christopher Harder to practice in Tonga is still being looked at by Christopher's representative in Tonga, Clive Edwards and the President of the Tonga Law society, Laki Niu, said the Registrar of the Tongan Supreme Court, Manako Vi.
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Wednesday 21 November 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Highlighting mediation as a process of settling disputes out of court has been the biggest achievement of Tonga's first Law Week, according to Tonga's Chief Justice Anthony Ford.
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Friday 16 November 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Judicial Independence to secure people's rights is a worldwide concern, according to Judge J. Clifford Wallace, a former US Chief Judge who was in Nuku'alofa last week for the 17th Pacific Judicial Conference.
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Thursday 8 November 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan law practitioner licence granted to a disgraced Auckland lawyer Christopher Harder is being reviewed by the Tongan judiciary, after his admission to the Tongan bar caused an uproar among legal profession in New Zealand.
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Monday 24 September 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Judiciary has introduced a new court procedure, to enable disputing parties to negotiate out-of-court settlements through mediation.
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Wednesday 21 February 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
First offenders who have been given suspended sentences and ordered to do community work by the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court will next month serve the community by picking up rubbish from along the Nuku'alofa waterfront.
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Wednesday 7 February 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The accessibility of a whole version of the Tongan laws on the internet, and its availability on a CD, have been hailed as a major achievement by Tonga's Ministry of Justice.
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Monday 5 February 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
William Clive Edwards, the Tongatapu No. 3 People's Representative has been released on bail but is not allowed to leave the country.
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Tuesday 31 October 2006

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A report recommending to government the formation of an Anti Corruption Commission was presented this afternoon (31 October 2006) to Tonga's Minister of Justice, Hon. 'Alisi Taumoepeau., by Mr John Wood, an former Australian Ombudsman.

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