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4702 Min Justice Attorney General 23 Jan - 28 Feb 2019


Notice of Vacancy


Kingdom of Tonga

The Kingdom of Tonga is seeking expressions of interest from experienced legal practitioners who wish to be considered for appointment as Attorney General in the Kingdom of Tonga.

To be eligible for appointment a candidate must –

  • either hold or have held high judicial officer: or
  • have a least 10 years experience as an advocate in Courts of unlimited civil and criminal jurisdiction in a country within the British Commonwealth of Nations.

Ideally the candidate will have achieved the status of Queen’s Counsel (or equivalent Senior Counsel status)

Under the Constitution of the Kingdom of Tonga the Attorney- General enjoys a complete discretion to exercise all the legal powers of that Office, independently, and without any interference whatsoever from any person or authority.

The Attorney General is –

  • the principal legal advisor to Cabinet and the Government
  • in charge of all criminal prosecutions on behalf of the Crown; and
  • required to perform such other functions and duties as may be required by law.

In assessing applicants, regard will be had also to the following criteria:

  • experience in legal practice
  • record of professional achievement and public service
  • knowledge and understanding of the law consistent with appointment as the Senior Law Officer of the Crown
  • understanding of Constitutional principles (including the Rule of Law, Judicial Independence, Prosecutorial Independence and Individual Rights)
  • conceptual and analytical thinking
  • effective oral and verbal communication
  • ability to lead a professional team and mentor professional staff
  • organisational skills
  • ability to work well under pressure
  • capable of making fair, balanced and consistent decisions, and tender advice, according to law and without delay
  • committed to promoting proper legal administration, and leading continuous improvements in policy and practice

In addition, it is expected that the successful applicant will be a person of maturity, discretion, patience and of integrity who can inspire respect and confidence.

Anyone lodging an Expression of Interest is asked to provide full personal particulars; a detailed curriculum vitae; and any further material relevant to eligibility or the criteria for appointment. The names and contact details of two professional and two character reference should also be provided. Terms and and conditions will be provided to anyone who is shortlisted.

Expressions of interest should be sent by e-mail to Ms. Rosamond Bing, Clerk (Judicial Appointments and Discipline Panel) at rosamond [dot] c [dot] bing [at] gmail [dot] com to be received in Tonga no later than 12 Noon on Thursday, 28 February 2019. All expressions of interest will be treated in the strictest confidence.