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Friday 6 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s landmark Family Protection Bill 2013 passed by the Legislative Assembly of Tonga on September 4, after three weeks of heavy debate, will help the police to deal with family violence that is increasing in Tonga. It now awaits the assent of the King and is expected to be enacted next year.
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Wednesday 22 May 2013

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An important development in Tonga's criminal justice system, which will allow offenders to carry out Community Service under police supervision, will provide an alternative sentence to a jail term. Community service orders in most cases are imposed on first time offenders and young offenders.
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Saturday 20 April 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s new Family Protection Bill 2013 will provide protection orders that will quickly and firmly stop a significant crime in Tonga - a crime that has killed four women and left others hospitalized due to severe beatings from either their partners or husbands. By Linny Folau.
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Tuesday 9 April 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A disciplinary committee of the Tonga Law Society that is challenging a Senior Law Practitioner and Cabinet Minister, Siosifa Tu'utafaiva, has not received his written submission in regards to alleged professional misconduct that was due in February.
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Friday 15 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tonga Seabed Minerals Bill 2012 is expected to be introduced to Tonga's Parliament in July-August this year and Tonga's Attorney General hopes that the bill will be available for public comment before it is finalized.
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Tuesday 12 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A landmark Family Protection Bill is set to be introduced to Tonga's Parliament soon and is currently undergoing public consultations.
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Monday 14 May 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two workshops on Anti-money Laundering, and the Combating of Terrorist Financing were opened in Nuku'alofa this morning, May 14.
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Tuesday 29 November 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A mentally disturbed patient, suffering from schizophrenia, was convicted of manslaughter and was sentenced to 23 years in prison by Justice Robert Shuster at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on 24 November.
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Friday 29 April 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
THE British Government donated over $80,000 pa'anga worth of law books and computer equipment to the Supreme Court of Tonga in Nuku'alofa on Thursday, April 28.
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Wednesday 13 April 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is taking a stance against money laundering as local law enforcement and regulatory authorities are meeting in a two day workshop which opened in Nuku'alofa on April 12.
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Saturday 26 March 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A petition filed to government by 150 police officers who were unhappy with police reforms, was sent back to them by the Tongan Cabinet on March 25, because the petitioners did not follow the processes available to them under the law.
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Friday 25 March 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When Tonga's new Police Commissioner Chris Kelley took on the job of police commander two and a half years ago he began cleaning up the force, calling on the public to be part of the process of restoring trust and confidence in their police.
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Monday 24 January 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The evidence presented at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika will not be admissible in the manslaughter trial set to begin on February 7 at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court, but the prosecution is expected to call their own witnesses.
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Monday 24 January 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Royal Land Commission is on the final phase of its three-year work program to inquire into and review Tonga's existing Land Acts and practices, with the continuation of a wide range of public hearings in Tonga this month and in Australia in March.
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Saturday 13 November 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In a tough new stance against alcohol consumption, Tonga's new liquor legislation comes into force this summer introducing liquor licences and breath testing in an effort to reduce public drunkenness and to change irresponsible drinking attitudes.
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Tuesday 2 November 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former Attorney General of Tonga today said that the move to quash perjury charges against a Tongan law lord raised questions about the independence of the country's judiciary.
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Saturday 30 October 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
With less than a month before Tongans go to the polls to elect their new leaders in a new system on November 25, the theme "Good Governance" was chosen for this year's Tonga Law Week to be held from November 7-12.
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Wednesday 6 October 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Since taking up his post as Tonga's new Chief Justice on September 27, Hon Michael Dishington Scott has been very busy catching up with cases in his chambers at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Monday 27 September 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's new Chief Justice Hon Michael Dishington Scott started his new position at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court today, Monday September 27.
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Monday 20 September 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Chief Police Magistrate Samiu Palu (64) died suddenly on Saturday, September 18 after collapsing at his plantation in Tongatapu.
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