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.
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Results for Lord Chancellor
Wednesday 8 October 2014
Monday 8 September 2014
The Tongan Parliament has abolished the responsibilities of the Lord Chancellor and the Judicial Appointments and Discipline Panel (JADP) when it passed bills to amend the Constitution, and for a Judicial and Legal Service Commission Act 2014 on August 28. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
Saturday 23 August 2014
A move by the Tongan government to shift the selection of the judiciary from the King in Council to the Cabinet and the Legislative Assembly has stirred up a confrontational debate about the independence of the judiciary in the Tongan parliament during the past few weeks. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
Tuesday 7 June 2011
At the opening of parliament on June 2 the King's message from the throne begs the question of what has happened to the constitutional amendment that the House worked into overtime to pass in January and that was enacted in March? . . . it might be possible that there has been a break-down in communication between the new structure of Government and the King and his Law Lords. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
Thursday 3 February 2011
Tonga's new government so urgently needed two bills to be passed to boost the capacity of the Tongan judiciary that the Tongan parliament had to work overtime to pass them on January 14. But nearly a month later the two are still awaiting the king's consent.