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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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Thursday 24 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new $1.2 million pa‘’anga Administration Building for the Ministry of Justice was officially opened this morning by HM King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV at Hala Lavinia, Kolofo'ou, Nuku‘alofa.
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Monday 26 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Masao Paasi was appointed as a Relieving Police Magistrate for Tonga on July 19.
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Wednesday 21 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sixteen Tongan legal practitioners will study in Tonga for a UK Diploma in Law under a new programme supported by the British High Commission in Nuku'alofa
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Friday 2 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Chief Justice, Mr Justice Gordon Ward left Tonga at the end of June to take up a position as the chairman of the Court of Appeal in Fiji. Mr Justice Ward was interviewed by Pesi Fonua on 25 June 2004 a few days before leaving for Fiji. In this interview the Chief Justice notes that Tonga's law is quite clear on the exercise of the king's prerogative power; he also comments on the loss of Tonga's Statutes of Application to British law that has left Tonga with serious gaps in its laws that are only now being identified.
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Wednesday 14 April 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Although the long-awaited report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the operation of the Royal Tongan Airlines was approved by the Privy Council on April 8 for release to the public, the report can't be printed until government makes funds available.
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Tuesday 30 December 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Now that they are illegal, Tongan adoptions will not be recognised by other countries From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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Monday 1 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga government has introduced one of the heaviest penalties for drug offenders imposed by any government in the region. -Matangi Tonga, Vol. 18, No. 3
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Monday 1 December 2003
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
A study of the level of corruption in Tonga is expected to be completed before the end of the year, and made public by March 2004. Dr Peter Larmour, from the National Centre for Development Studies at the Australian National University, the institution carrying out the study, said in Nuku'‘alofa at the end of October that they will use the National Integrity Systems approach that was pioneered by Transparency International, and had been successfully carried out in 18 countries. -Matangi Tonga, Vol. 18, No. 3
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Monday 1 December 2003
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament'’s decision to do away with use of the British Civil Liberty Law will hurt some Tongan families who were hoping to emigrate to New Zealand and Australia. Now that they are illegal, Tongan adoptions will not be recognised by other countries. -Matangi Tonga, Vol. 18, No. 3
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Wednesday 26 November 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga government has introduced one of the heaviest penalties for drug offenders imposed by any government in the region.
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Saturday 30 August 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tongan way of life is not based in the right of the individual but that of the extended family, the church and the whole country. We have a collective peoples value, and that is where our strength is, and we do not want to give that up, says ‘Alisi Taumoepeau, Tonga’s Solicitor General. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 2, August 2003.
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