Crown Law

CROWN LAW DEPARTMENT

BACKGROUND:

The Crown Law Department was created by His Majesty's Government in 1988 to replace the Crown Solicitor's Office.

Before then, the Crown Solicitor's Office had provided legal services for His Majesty's Government.

The office of the Attorney General was then created as the Ministerial Head of Crown Law, and the office of the Solicitor General was created as the Head of Department for the new Crown Law.

The first Attorney General was Hon Tevita Poasi Tupou, who was before then the Crown Solicitor. The first Solicitor General was Mr 'Aisea Havea Taumoepeau.

The role of Crown Law since 1988 has been to provide to His Majesty's Government with the traditional legal services provided by the Law Officers, including legal advice, litigation (prosecutions, and civil and land matters), and legisaltive drafting.

Since November 2006, Crown Law has further taken up the role of increasing legal literacy within the community.

Despite dealing with on-going issues of lack of resources and high turn-over of legal staff, Crown Law has been able to continue the provision of legal services to His Majesty's Government and the people of the Kingdom, with professionalism and integrity.

FUNCTIONS & DUTIES:

The Attorney General is the First Law Officer for the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga. The Attorney General is not a Minister of the Crown, and will thus not be a member of Cabinet, Privy Council, or the Legislative Assembly of Tonga. The Attorney General however will still hold the same powers and privileges of a Minister of the Crown.

The change of the nature of the office of Attorney General from the previous appointment is an initiative by His Majesty to ensure that the Attorney General performs his legal functions independent of Government, as part of His Majesty's vision for Constitutional Reform and Good Governance.

The Attorney General's main responsibility is to direct the legal services provided by the Crown Law Department for the Government. These legal services include the following:

  • Providing legal advice to His Majesty's Cabinet, Government Ministries, and Departments
  • Drafting legislation for Government to be submitted to the Legislative Assembly
  • Conducting criminal prosecutions on behalf of the Crown (The Crown meaning his Majesty the King and the community at large)
  • Representing the Crown in civil, land, and where appropriate, family litigation
  • Performing law officers roles for the Judiciary and
  • Facilitating community law initiatives promoting the rule of law and legal awareness

In addition to the Crown Law Department's legal services, the Attorney General will also be responsible for the following:

  • Supporting constitutional integrity and governance
  • Ensuring legislative and statutory efficacy
  • Facilitating Government's lawful and responsible legal dealings
  • Providing legal advice on law reform
  • Executing statutory enforcement powers and
  • Performing responsibilities in an independent and transparent manner

The Solicitor General is the deputy to the Attorney General, and is the Head of Department of the Crown Law Department. He is responsible for implementing the directions of the Attorney General, and the daily administration and operations of the Crown Law Department.

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE:

Hon. Vuna Fa'otusia - Minister for Justice

Mr.'Asipeli ‘Aminiasi Kefu - Acting Attorney General and Director of Public Prosecutions

Mr. Sione Finau Sisifa - Solicitor General

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Solicitor General / Acting Attorney General

Crown Law Department
PO Box 85, Taumoepeau Building, Fatafehi Rd,
Nuku'alofa
Kingdom of Tonga

Telephone: +676 24 055 / +676 24 007
Fax: +676 24 005
Mobile Phone: (676) 771 5314



APGML Committee on Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing Activies adopts Tonga's Report

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26 July 2010 - The Committee on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Activities Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering adopts Tonga's First Mutual Evaluation Report.

COMMITTEE ON MONEY LAUNDERING AND TERRORIST FINANCING ACTIVITIES
ASIA PACIFIC GROUP ON MONEY LAUNDERING ADOPTS TONGA'S FIRST MUTUAL
EVALUATION REPORT

On Thursday 14 July 2010 the plenary meeting of the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering
(APGML) adopted Tonga's first mutual evaluation report on Tonga's anti-money-laundering and
combating terrorist financing (AML/CFT) framework. The APGML is a 40 member regional body of
countries in the Asia and Pacific region.
The mutual evaluation report was produced by a 5 member team of experts from Hong Kong,
Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands and the APGML Secretariat, who were in Tonga for two weeks in
early November 2009 to undertake the evaluation. This team gathered information by meeting the Tongan
government and other stakeholders.
The main objective of the APGML is to ensure that its member countries have enacted laws and
established institutions that are able to effectively protect its country from money laundering and the
financing of terrorism. In particular, each country is required to comply with 40 recommendations and 9
special recommendations established by the Financial Action Task Force on money laundering and
terrorist financing. The Financial Action Task Force is the international governmental body that sets up
the minimum standards required to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism. These minimum
standards are expected to be complied with by APGML member countries including Tonga.
The FATF and the APGML were established by G7 country leaders due to their recognition that
money laundering and the financing of terrorism has the potential of causing significant damage to the
national, regional and international banking and financial sectors, and could also encourage illegal
activities and illegal goods to be moved around the world.
According to Ms Siosi Mafi, the Governor of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, who was the
Head of Tonga's Delegation to the APGML annual meeting, "The adoption of Tonga's mutual evaluation
report was a significant step forward for Tonga's legal and financial systems. This now means that Tonga
has been formally measured against internationally accepted standards, and Tonga is now recognised as
part of the regional and international network in the fight against AML/CFT."
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She added that, "The main challenge now is for the Tongan Government and authorities to carry
out legislative, policy and financial reforms to strengthen the weaknesses in Tonga's AML/CFT
framework, which were identified in the evaluation report. If we fail to do so, Tonga's banking and
financial system, border control system, and legal enforcement system will be deemed unreliable and
would have serious international implications and consequences. It could affect the international
relationships of Tonga with other APG member countries, such as banking relationship, foreign aid,
foreign investment, etc. We certainly do not want Tonga to become a haven for money launderers and
perpetrators of illegal activities".
Before undergoing the mutual evaluation, the Government's Committee on Money Laundering
and Financing of Terrorist Activities had prepared the necessary legislative reforms in order to make
Tonga more compliant. However, due to priorities being given to the national political reform process,
and the scheduling of Tonga's evaluation for November 2009, the Committee deliberately made a
strategic decision to defer enacting these legislative amendments in order for the evaluation process to
identify all the necessary legislative amendments required by Tonga to be processed. This move was
recognised by the plenary and Tonga has been encouraged to enact these legislative amendments as soon
as possible and draw up a strategic implementation plan of action to make Tonga more compliant. Tonga
is required to report back to next year's annual meeting its strategic implementation plan.
Tonga's delegation also included the Solicitor General, Mr ‘Aminiasi Kefu, and Ms ‘Ungatea
Latu, Acting Manager of the Financial Institutions and Markets Department of the National Reserve Bank
of Tonga.
The plenary meeting of the APGML was held from 12 to 16 July, and was hosted by the
Government of Singapore at the Suntec City Convention Centre.

ENDS


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Committee on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Activities
c/ Crown Law Department
NUKU'ALOFA
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For further information, please contact:
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Crown Law Department
Lavinia Road
NUKU'ALOFA
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 August 2011 22:19 )
 

Tali 'e he Kulupu 'Esia-Pasifiki 'Ave pa'anga fakapulipuli (APGML) 'uluaki Lipooti 'a Tonga

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27 Siulai 2010  ‘I he ‘aho 14 ‘o Siulai 2010 na'e hanga ai ‘e he fakatahi lahi ‘a e ngaahi fonua memipa ‘o e Kulupu ‘Esia Pasifiki ki hono fe'ave'aki fakapulipuli ‘o e pa'anga kaka (APGML) ‘o tali ‘a e fuofua lipooti na'e fakaha ai hono sivi'i ‘a e ngaahi founga ‘a Tonga ki hono fakafepaki'i ‘o e fe'ave'aki fakapulipuli ‘o e pa'anga kakaa pehe ki hono fakapa'anga ‘o e tau toitoi (AML/CFT). Ko e APGML ko ha sino fakafeitu'u ia ‘o e ngaahi fonua ‘e 40 mei he feitu'u ‘o ‘Esia mo e Pasifiki.


Ko e lipooti ko eni ne fa'u ia ‘e ha kau taukei ‘e toko 5 mei Hong Kong, ‘Aositelelia, Nu'usila, ‘Otu Motu Kuki pehe ki he tokotaha fakahoko ngaue ‘a e APGML, ‘a ia na'a nau ‘i Tonga ni fe'unga mo e uike ‘e ua ‘i he kamata'anga ‘o Novema 2009 ke fakahoko ai ‘a e sivi ko'eni. Na'e tanaki ‘e he timi ko'eni ‘a e ngaahi fakamatala hili ‘enau fakataha mo e pule'anga Tonga mo e kakai mo e ngaahi kautaha fekau'aki.


Koe taumu'a tefito ‘o e APGML ko hono fakapapau'i ‘oku hanga ‘e he ngaahi fonua memipa ‘o
paasi e ngaahi lao pea fokotu'u mo e ngaahi sino ma'u mafai kenau malava lelei ‘a hono malu'i honau
ngaahi fonua mei he fe'ave'aki fakapulipuli ‘o e pa'anga kakaa pehe ki hono faka-pa'anga ‘o e tautoitoi.
‘Oku fakatefito ‘a e tokanga ke hanga ‘e he fonua memipa kotoa ‘o fakahoko ‘a e ngaahi fiema'u ‘oku
fakaha ‘e he ngaahi fokotu'u ‘e 40 pea mo e ngaahi fokotu'u makehe ‘e 9 ne fokotu'u ‘e he Kau Ngaue
Makehe ki he Ngaahi Ngaue Faka-Pa'anga (Financial Action Task Force pe FATF).
Ne fokotu'u ‘a e FATF pea mo e APGML ‘e he kau taki ‘o e ngaahi fonua G7 (kulpu ‘o e kau
minisita pa'anga mei he ngaahi fonua ‘e 7 ‘oku tu'ukimu'a pe lalahi taha ‘enau sekitoa ngaue'anga) ‘i he
‘enau fakatokanga'i ‘e malava ke hanga ‘e he fe'ave'aki fakapulipuli ‘o e pa'anga kakaa pea mo hono
faka-pa'anga ‘o e tautoitoi ‘a e maumau lahi ‘aupito ki he ngaahi sekitoa fakapa'anga pe ngaahi pangike
faka-fonua, fakafeitu'u pehe ki he fakamamani lahi, pea malava foki kene faka'ai'ai ‘a e ngaahi ngaue
ta'efakalao pea mo hono fe'ave'aki ‘a e ngaahi koloa ta'efakalao ‘i mamani.
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Fakatatau ki he lau ‘a Siosi Mafi, ko e Kovana ‘o e Pangike Pule Fakafonua ‘o Tonga, pea ko ia
foki na'a ne taki ‘a e kau fakafofonga ‘a Tonga ki he fakataha fakata'u ‘a e APGML, "Ko hono tali ‘a e
lipooti ko eni ‘a Tonga, koe taha ia ha ngaue mahu'inga ‘aupito ki he founga ngaue fakalao mo
fakapa'anga ‘a Tonga. Kuo hoko eni ke fuatautau ‘a Tonga ki he ngaahi tu'unga fakatu'apule'anga, pea
kuo fakakau ‘a Tonga ki he ngaue fakafeitu'u mo fakamamani lahi ki hono fakafepaki'i ‘o e AML/CFT."
Na'a ne toe pehe foki "Ko e pole tefito ‘i he taimi ni ki he Pule'anga Tonga mo hono kau ma'u
mafai kenau fakahoko ‘a e ngaahi liliu faka-lao, faka-tu'utu'uni mo faka-pa'anga ke fakamalohi'i ‘a e
ngaahi matavaivai ‘i he founga ngaue ‘a Tonga felave'i mo e AML/CFT, ‘a ia na'e fakaha ‘i he lipooti ni.
Kapau ‘e ‘ikai ke fakahoko ia, ‘e malava ke lau ‘oku ta'efalala'anga ‘a e ngaahi founga ‘a Tonga
fekau'aki mo e ngaahi ngaue faka-pangike mo faka-pa'anga, founga malu'i ‘o e kau ‘aafonua mo e
fakahoko ‘o e lao, pea ‘e hoko ai ‘a e ngaahi uesia mo e ngaahi ola lalahi faka-mamani lahi. ‘E malava
kene uesia ‘a e ngaahi va faka-tu'apule'anga ‘a Tonga mo e ngaahi fonua memipa kehe ‘o e APG, kau ai
‘a e ngaahi va faka-pangike, tokoni mei muli, fakahu pa'anga mei muli etc.. ‘Oku mahino oku ‘ikai ketau
fiema'u ke hoko ‘a Tonga ke unga ai ‘a e ni'ihi ‘oku nau fe'ave'aki fakapulipuli ‘a e pa'anga kakaa mo
kinautolu ‘oku nau fakahoko ‘a e ngaahi ngaue ta'efakalao ni."
Kimu'a pea fakahoko ‘o e sivi ni, ne hanga ai ‘e he Komiti ‘a e Pule'anga ki he Ngaahi Ngaue ki
hono Fe'ave'aki Fakapulipuli ‘o e Pa'anga Kakaa mo hono Faka-Pa'anga ‘o e Tautoitoi ‘o teuteu ‘a e
ngaahi liliu faka-lao na'e fiema'u ‘e Tonga ke malava ke fakahoko ‘a e ngaahi fiema'u. Ka, koe ‘uhi koe
fu'u mahu'inga ange ‘a e tokanga ki he ngaahi ngaue ki he liliu fakapolitikale, pea mo hono faka'aho ‘a
hono sivi'i ‘o Tonga ‘i Novema 2009, ne hanga ai ‘e he Komiti ‘o fakahoko ha tu'utu'uni ke toloi ‘a hono
fakahoko ‘a e ngaahi liliu ko eni ki he lao, kae ‘oua kuo lava ‘a hono fakahoko ‘a e sivi pea ke ne tuhu'i
mai ai ‘a e ngaahi liliu kotoa ‘aia ‘oku fu'u fiema'u ‘e Tonga ke fakahoko. Ne fakatokanga'i ‘e he kau
fakafofonga ‘o e ngaahi fonua ‘a e me'a ni, pea ne nau fakalotolahi'i ‘a Tonga ke fakahoko ‘a e ngaahi
liliu faka-lao ko'eni he vave taha pea fa'u ha palani fakahoko ngaue ke lava ai ‘a Tonga ‘o fakahoko ‘a e
ngaahi fiema'u. ‘Oku fiema'u ‘a Tonga ke lipooti ki he fakataha lahi ‘i he ta'u kaha'u ‘a ‘ene palani
fakahoko ngaue.
Ne kau atu foki ‘i he kau fakafofonga ‘o Tonga ni ‘a e Fakahinohino Lao Seniale, ‘Aminiasi
Kefu, pehe kia ‘Ungatea Latu, koe Pule Le'ole'o ki he Va'a ki he Ngaahi Sino Faka-Pa'anga mo e Ngaahi
Maketi ‘o e Pangike Pule Fakafonua ‘o Tonga.
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Ne fakahoko ‘a e fakataha lahi ‘a e kau memipa ‘o e APGML mei he ‘aho 12 ki he 16 Siulai, pea
ne talitali mo tokanga'i kinautolu ‘e he pule'anga Singapore ‘i he Suntec City Convention Centre.
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Released by:
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Committee on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Activities
c/ Crown Law Department
NUKU'ALOFA
For further information, please contact:
The Solicitor General
Crown Law Department
Lavinia Road
NUKU'ALOFA
Telephone: (676) 24055/24007
Facsimile: (676) 24005
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 August 2011 23:23 )
 

Newly appointed Attorney General

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02 June 2009

Mr John Cauchi is the newly appointed Attorney General whom was sworn in on the 29th of May, 2009 at the Privy Council.

The Attorney General is the First Law Officer for the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga. The Attorney General of Tonga is not a Minister of the Crown, and will thus not be a member of Cabinet, Privy Council or the Legislative Assembly of Tonga. The Attorney General however will still hold the same powers and privileges of a Minister of the Crown.

The change of the nature of the office of Attorney General from the previous appointment is an initiative by His Majesty to ensure that the Attorney General performs his legal functions independent of Government, as part of His Majesty's vision for Constitutional Reform and Good Governance.

The Attorney General's main responsibility is to direct the legal services provided by the Crown Law Department for the Government. These legal services include the following:

  • Providing legal advice to His Majesty's Cabinet, and Government Ministries and Departments;
  • Drafting legislation for Government to be submitted to the Legislative

Assembly;

  • Conducting criminal prosecutions on behalf of the Crown (The Crown meaning His Majesty the King and the community at large)
  • Representing the Crown in civil, land and where appropriate, family litigation;
  • Performing law officers roles for the Judiciary; and
  • Facilitating community law initiatives promoting the rule of law and legal awareness.

In addition to the Crown Law Department's legal services, the Attorney General will also be responsible for the following:

  • Supporting constitutional integrity and governance
  • Ensuring legislative and statutory efficacy
  • Facilitating Government's lawful and responsible legal dealings
  • Providing legal advice on law reform
  • Executing statutory enforcement powers
  • Performing responsibilities in an independent and transparent manner

Meanwhile, the Solicitor General Mr ‘Aminiasi Kefu who was appointed last month is the Deputy to the Attorney General, and is the Head of Department of the Crown Law Department. He is responsible for implementing the directions of the Attorney General, and the daily administration and operations of the Crown Law Department.

Mr Cauchi is from Australia and is highly qualified in his profession. He holds a wealth of experience within the Pacific region and further abroad. He has been a Barrister for over 20 years and spent 10 years working in the Pacific. He was the Director for Prosecution in the Solomon Islands and was a Senior Prosecutor and Advisor in Vanuatu. He was also formerly the Senior Crown Counsel in the Crown Law Department for the Kingdom of Tonga in November 1996 - March 2001.

The Ministry of Justice and Crown Law welcomes the new Attorney General and wishes him well in his new position.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Information and Communications, Hon. ‘Eseta Fusitu'a is the Acting Minister for Justice which became effective as from Monday 1st of June, 2009.

ENDS

(Issued and Published by the Ministry of Information, www.minfo.gov.to); Located at the Top Level of the Tonga Development Bank, Fatafehi Road, Nuku'alofa.

Ph: (676) 28 173/28 170; Fax: (676) 24861)

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 June 2011 22:41 )
 

Opening Remarks by Mr 'Aminiasi Kefu, Solicitor General at the Counter-Terrorism Workshop

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07 May, 2009

Hon Pau Karalus, Minister for Transport,

Captain John Hogan,

Reverend Moala,

Madame Acting Secretary for Transport, Ms ‘Eleni Mone,

Experts from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime,

The Executive, Secretary and Members of Pacific International Maritime Law Association,

Maritime Law Officers and Legal Experts and Maritime Administrators,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

On behalf of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, may I offer to you a warm "Malo e lelei", and welcome you to the Kingdom of Tonga.

Ladies and gentlemen it is a great pleasure for me to be making these introductory remarks and welcoming you to this workshop for Pacific Island Countries on developing an integrated approach to maritime security through criminal and international law.

As you are all aware, and I am sure it will be alluded to regularly in this workshop, the issue of maritime security has been pushed to the forefront of the international stage with the recent piracy incidents off the cost of Somalia and the Arabian gulfs.

I am sure you will agree with me that our region may not be immune from these incidents, and it is only a matter of time where some fishermen may be pushed to a corner by the dire financial and economic times or other factors and decide to carry out daring acts of piracy in our waters.

We support the efforts made in this workshop because maritime security is now no longer a national matter, but rather more importantly regional and international, for the obvious reasons of a common heritage in the Pacific Ocean, our integrated cultures and close proximity.

I understand the workshop will be emphasising on the 1988 Convention on the Prevention of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (also known as SUA), and its 2005 Protocol.

I also understand that the 2005 Protocol adds new offences including the unlawful and intentional use of:

For the purposes of intimidation of populations or compelling Governments or organisation, uses weapons against a ship, discharges dangerous contents from a ship, or use a ship to cause, death, serious injury or damage:

  • transporting explosives or radioactive material to cause serious injury or damage
  • transporting BCN weapon
  • transporting material for production of nuclear explosives not under IAEA safeguards;
  • transporting technology that may be used in production of BCN weapons
  • transporting those who have committed offences against the SUA
  • killing persons in connection with an offence, being an accomplice, or abettor to the commissioning of an offence

On first reading of these offences on has the view that these offences seem isolated from our shores. However we must realise that is a mistaken view and that our Pacific Ocean may be used as a transit point, or our ships may be used as a medium of transport, or our seafarers may be involved in the transport of illicit weapons. We therefore have an obligation to contribute by establishing a common net to protect the region and the international community to keep our Pacific Ocean from being used in that way.

Here in Tonga we have yet to provide legislation for these maritime offences. However recent development in policies has given maritime security a boost as a priority.

We are processing a new Maritime Zones Bill to consolidate our legislation on defining our maritime zones, continental shelf and the exploration and preservation of those zones.

We also plan to file our submission with the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf next week ending years of preparation.

Our Fisheries Management Act has also been successfully enforced in detecting and prosecuting illegal, unlawful and unidentified foreign fishing vessels in our waters.

We are also exploring other ways to expand our patrol fleet to monitor and keep safe our waters by tapping into resources from our larger and more resourceful neighbouring countries.

With those brief introductory remarks, I hope you have clear and frank discussions in our efforts to develop an integrated approach to maritime security.

I hope we can learn from each other and we can all move forward together as brothers and sisters of the Pacific.

I look forward to reading the recommendations that will be produced at the end of the workshop, and which no doubt will be presented to the upcoming meeting of Forum maritime ministers here in Nuku'alofa.

May I also invite you to please take time to enjoy your time in the Kingdom, and I look forward to meeting you all over social surroundings tomorrow evening.

Malo ‘aupito.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 June 2011 22:25 )
 

Speech of Hon. Attorney General and Minister of Justice in opening Law Week 2008

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OPENING SPEECH OF HON. ATTORNEY GENERAL AND MINISTER OF JUSTICE - LAW WEEK 2008, MONDAY 17

NOVEMBER 2008

"THE THEME FOR LAW WEEK 2008 IS "THE RULE OF LAW", WE BELIEVE THE ESSENCE OF ALL ENDEAVOURS IN THE LEGAL SECTOR.

TO MAINTAIN THE RULE OF LAW MEANS TO OBEY, RESPECT AND ENSURE IT IS PRESERVED IN ALL LEVELS OF THE SOCIETY.

THE RULE OF LAW IS A UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLE THAT COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD HAVE ADOPTED AND CONTINUE TO ADHERE TO BECAUSE IT IS FUNDAMENTAL TO ANY LAW ABIDING COHESIVE SOCIETY.

I ATTENDED THE COMMONWEALTH LAW MINISTERS MEETINGS IN JULY 2008 IN EDINBURG, SCOTLAND, WHICH WAS ATTENDED BY ATTORNEY GENERALS AND MINISTERS OF JUSTICE FROM THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH.

THE THEME OF THAT MEETING WAS "THE RULE OF LAW" AND MEMBERS AGREED THAT A GOOD GOVERNMENT IS ONE WHERE THE RULE OF LAW IS APPLIES EQUALLY TO THE THREE ARMS OF GOVERNMENT, THE EXECUTIVE, THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY AND THE JUDICIARY. THE GOAL IS A GOVERNMENT THAT IS ACCOUNTABLE AND ETHICAL.

THE MEMBER COUNTRIES AGREED THAT APPLICATION OF THE RULE OF LAW IS NOT RESTRICTED TO THE ARMS OF GOVERNMENT, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THIS PRINCIPLE APPLIES TO ITS PEOPLE.

THE PROGRAMS ORGANISED FOR LAW WEEK 2008 ARE DESIGNED TO HELP PROMOTE THE RULE OF LAW AND MAKE THE LAW A FRIEND OF ALL TONGANS. IT IS AN ATTEMPT TO MAKE LAW ACCESSIBLE TO ALL OUR PEOPLE.

LAW WEEK IS ANOTHER SMALL STEP BUT A SIGNIFICANT ONE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LEGAL SECTOR IN THIS COUNTRY.

CONCLUSION:

LORD BINGHAM OF CORNHILL KG OF THE ENGLISH HOUSE OF LORDS SAID THIS OF THE RULE OF LAW, THAT

  1. EVERY CITIZEN OF A COUNTRY AND EVERY OFFICIAL, WHETHER HE IS IN GOVERNMENT OR THE PRIVATE SECTOR SHOULD OBEY THE RULE OF LAW.
  2. EVERY PERSON SHOULD HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS UNDER THE LAW.
  3. EVERY LAW MADE SHOULD BE MADE KNOWN TO EVERYONE.

THE MAINTENANCE OF THE "RULE OF LAW" IN A SOCIETY IS SUPPORTED BY:

1. AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY.

2. EQUAL ACCESS BY ALL TO THE RULE OF LAW

3. AVAILABILITY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT BODIES AND MEANS TO COMBAT UNLAWFUL ACTION.

I HAVE THE GREAT PLEASURE IN DECLARING THE LAW WEEK 2008 OPEN."

END

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