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



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:
The Secretariat
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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