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Monday 6 September 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister had made an "unwarranted attack on the judiciary" Justice Warwick Andrew said today in a statement answering assertions made by Dr Feleti Sevele last week in a row over the judge's resignation and early departure from Tonga.
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Tuesday 31 August 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon Dr Feleti Sevele in a press conference today strongly disputed a statement made by the departing Mr Justice Warwick Andrew that he was not allowed to continue to sit in the Supreme Court by virtue of a cabinet decision.
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Tuesday 31 August 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Supreme Court Judge and former chairman of the Ashika Inquiry, Mr Justice Warwick Andrew left Tonga abruptly yesterday, August 30, more than a month before his contract was due to expire on October 5, after he said he was told not to continue hearing cases and to hand over his files to the Chief Justice
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Saturday 28 August 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
His Majesty King George Tupou V in Privy Council appointment Michael Dishington Scott as the new Chief Justice of Tonga yesterday, August 27.
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Saturday 14 August 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Chief Justice Anthony Ford during his last day in office on August 13 stressed the importance of ensuring the independence of the Tongan judiciary.
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Thursday 12 August 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In a strong statement accusing the Tonga Government of attempting to influence the Judiciary, the President of Tonga's Law Society, Laki Niu, yesterday afternoon called a move to set up a new Royal Commission of Inquiry into the matter a "farce".
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Thursday 12 August 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As president of the Tonga Law Society, I wish to express my serious concern about the approval by Privy Council of a Royal Commission of Inquiry to inquire into reports that Government has attempted unduly to influence the independence of the judiciary, as conveyed in a media release of the Prime Minister's Office on 5 August 2010.- Laki Niu, President, Tonga Law Society, 11 August 2010
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Wednesday 11 August 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Chief Justice Anthony David Ford will preside over his last case in the Tonga Supreme Court on Friday, August 13, before he leaves for New Zealand the following day.
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Wednesday 9 June 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has remained without an Attorney General for over a month now following the resignation of John Cauchi on April 30, 2010.
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Tuesday 18 May 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Magistrate Courts have a shortage of Magistrates, with only four sitting since January this year - a dramatic decrease from about 10 Magistrates who presided in the lower court in 2009.
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Friday 30 April 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After Tonga's Attorney General, John Cauchi SC handed over his letter of resignation to the Tongan Government, he today expressed his disappointment that after the government made the initial move to establish an independent Judiciary, it lacked the political will to make it work.
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Saturday 17 April 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The purchase of the MV Princess Ashika was a major acquisition for the Tonga Government but the Cabinet failed to ascertain that its decisions were implemented, and to allow its established institutions, the Procurement Committee and Anti Corruption Commission to operate effectively. This resulted in the purchase of an unseaworthy vessel that was ready for scrap and should never have been allowed to sail in Tonga, a Royal Commission of Inquiry has found.
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Friday 2 April 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Chief Justice Anthony David Ford has been appointed as an Employment Court Judge in New Zealand, the New Zealand Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced yesterday, April 1.
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Friday 2 April 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Brandishing a copy of the Final Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Sinking of the Princess Ashika, Tonga's Minister for Communication and Information, Hon. 'Eseta Fusitu'a told the local media yesterday they could not have it.
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Thursday 1 April 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The tragedy of the MV Princess Ashika sinking is that the causes of the disaster were all easily preventable and the 74 deaths were completely senseless, an inquiry into the sinking of the Tongan ferry on August 5 last year, has concluded.
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Thursday 1 April 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Final Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika, 31 March 2010. Downloadable files.
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Wednesday 31 March 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The final report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Sinking of the MV Princess Ashika on August 5 was this morning presented to HM King George Tupou V at Consular House, and later at mid-day to the Chairman of the Whole House Committee of the Tongan Legislative Assembly, Noble Lasike.
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Tuesday 30 March 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The much-anticipated Final Report into the Sinking of the MV Princess Ashika will be presented to HM King George Tupou V on Wednesday, March 31 in Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 15 March 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The legal counsel to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika made their final oral submissions on Friday evening, March 12 at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre.
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Wednesday 3 March 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In recent weeks some correspondence passing between the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice and the Prime Minister has been published in the media here in Tonga. Some of the material published alleges that the Chief Justice either put "pressure" on someone to sign his contract or that he and the former Minister "colluded" to subvert the Constitution. These are serious allegations leveled at the Judiciary.
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