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



Lea 'a e 'Eiki 'Ateni Seniale mo e Minisita Lao 'i hono huufi 'a e Uike Lao 2008

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LEA ‘A E ‘EIKI ‘ATENI SENIALE MO E MINISITA LAO ‘I HONO HUUFI ‘A E UIKE LAO 2008

MONITE 17 NOVEMA 2008

FAKATAPU KI HE KAKAI KOTOA ‘OKU A'U ATU KI AI ‘A E FAKAHOHA'A NI, PEA A'USIA ‘ETAU FANAU AKO MEI HE LAUTOHI PULE'ANGA ‘O NUKU'ALOFA.

‘OKU OU LAU KO HOKU MONU ‘A ‘EKU TOE KAU FAKATAHA MO KIMOUTOLU ‘I HONO HUUFI ‘A E UIKE LAO 2008 ‘A IA KO E UIKE LAO HONO UA IA KUO FAKAHOKO ‘I HE FONUA NI.

KO E TEFITO'I KAVEINGA FOKI ‘O E UIKE LAO KO E "FAKA'APA'APA'I PE PULE ‘A E LAO", PE KO E FAKALEA FAKA-PILITANIA, "RULE OF LAW".

KO E KAVEINGA NI KO E TEFITO'I FAKAKAUKAU IA KUO TUKUPA ‘A E NGAAHI FONUA LAHI ‘I MAMANI KENAU TAUHI. KO HONO TAUHI ‘OKU ‘UHINGA KE TALANGOFUA KI AI, FAKA'APA'APA'I, PEA FAKAPAPAU'I MO VILITAKI KE TAUHI ‘I HE TAPA KOTOA PE ‘O E SOSAIETI.

‘OKU ‘IKAI KE NGATA PE ‘A E NGAUE'AKI ‘A E FAKA'APA'APA'I PE PULE ‘A E LAO ‘I HE NGAAHI KAVEINGA FAKA LOTOFONUA, KA KUO HOKO IA KO E TEFITO'I FAKAKAUKAU FAKAVAHA'APULE'ANGA MO FAKAMAMANI LAHI,

‘I HE MAHINA SIULAI ‘O E TA'U NI NEU MA'U AI ‘A E FAINGAMALIE KEU KAU ATU KI HE FAKATAHA NE FAKAHOKO ‘I ‘ETINIPUA, SIKOTILANI ‘A E KAU HOU'EIKI MINISITA LAO ‘O E NGAAHI FONUA KOMINIUELI.

KO E KAVEINGA NA'E FAKAMAMAFA'I ‘E HE FAKATAHA NI, KO E FAKA'APA'APA'I PE PULE ‘A E LAO.

NA'E TALI AI MO FELOTOI ‘A E KAU MINISITA ‘O E NGAAHI FONUA KOMINIUELI KOTOA, FEKAU'AKI MO E PULE'ANGA LELEI ‘A E FAKAMAMAFA'I KE FAKA'AONGA'I KAKATO MO POTUPOTU TATAU ‘A E PULE ‘A E LAO KI HE NGAAHI VA'A ‘E TOLU ‘A E PULE'ANGA ‘O ‘OUA ‘E FAKAMAMAFA, FAKAMA'AMA'A PE FAKAPALATAHA KI HE TAFA'AKI PE ‘E TAHA.

KO IA AI, ‘OKU TU'U ‘A E KAU ‘ATENI SENIALE MO E KAU MINISITA LAO ‘O E KOMINIUELI KE POUPOU'I ‘A E FAKA'APA'APA'I MO PULE ‘A E LAO ‘AKI HONO FAKALELE HA PULE'ANGA ‘OKU NGAUE LELEI (GOOD GOVERNANCE), HO'ATA KI TU'A ‘ENE NGAUE (TRANSPARENT) PEA MO FAKA'EFIKA FOKI.

KO E TAHA FOKI ‘A E NGAAHI FIEMA'U ‘A E, FAKA'APA'APA'I PE PULE ‘A E LAO KE ‘I AI ‘A E NGAAHI NAUNAU TU'UNGA FE'UNGA MO LAHI FE'UNGA KE LAVA ‘O FAKAHOKO LELEI ‘A E TEFITO'I FAKAKAUKAU ‘A E PULE ‘A E LAO.

‘OKU POUPOU KI HE MA'UMA'ULUTA ‘O HA SOSAIETI ‘A E FAKA'APA'APA'I PE PULE ‘A E LAO:

1          ‘OKU KAU KI HENI ‘A E TAU'ATAINA ‘A E FAKAMAAU'ANGA. ‘OKU PAU KE TAU‘ATAINA ‘A E FAKAMAAU'ANGA MEI HA FA'AHINGA FA'AHI PE. ‘OKU ‘IKAI KE HOA IA MO E LAO KE KAUNOA HA TAHA ‘I HE FAKAMAAU'ANGA;

‘OKU KAU AI ‘A E FIEMA'U KE ‘I AI ‘A E NGAAHI ME'A NGAUE FE'UNGA KI HE FAKAMAAU'ANGA KE FAKAHOKO HONO NGAAHI FATONGIA.

2          ‘ATAA ‘A E NGAUE ‘A E LAO KI HA TAHA PE, ‘O KAU AI 'A E:

A         MA'U NGOFUA ‘O E NGAAHI LAO;

B         FAKA'ILO ‘A E LAO KI HE KAKAI, PEA PEHE KI HONO

C         FAKAPAPAU'I ‘OKU ‘ATAA KI HE TAHA KOTOA PE KENE FAKAHOKO NGAUE PE ‘EKE FAKA-LAO, ‘I HE FAKAMAAU'ANGA, PE MEI HE KAU FAKAFOFONGA LAO PE PULE'ANGA.

3          ‘OKU KAU FOKI MO HONO FOKOTU'U HA NGAAHI SINO KI HONO SIOFI ‘A E MAUMAU'I ‘A E LAO, ‘O KAU AI ‘A E:

A         POTUNGAUE POLISI ‘OKU TAU'ATAINA MO NGAUE FAKATATAU KI HE LAO;

B         NGAAHI SINO KI HONO TA'OFI ‘A E NGAAHI NGAUE HALA'AKI ‘A E NGAAHI MAFAI KE MA'U ‘A E NGAAHI MONU'IA FAKAFO'ITUITUI.

‘OKU OU TUI PEA MO ‘AMANAKI KO E NGAAHI POLOKALAMA KUO TEUTEU'I ‘E HE POTUNGAUE FAKAHINOHINO LAO ‘A E PULE'ANGA, POTUNGAUE FAKAMAAU'ANGA, PEA MO E SOSAIETI LAO ‘O TONGA, TENAU MALAVA KE TOKONI KI HE MAHINO ANGE ‘A E FAKA'APA'APA'I PE PULE ‘A E LAO ‘I HOTAU FONUA NI.

FAKATAUANGE ‘E A'U ATU KI HE TONGA KOTOA ‘A E NGAAHI POLOKALAMA FEKAU'AKI MO E LAO TATAU PE ‘I HE NGALU'EA, PEA ‘AONGA ‘A E TENITI FAKAMATALA, NGAAHI WORKSHOP MO E NGAAHI ‘A'AHI ‘A E KAU FAKAFOFONGA LAO KI HE NGAAHI KOLO ‘I TONGATAPU NI, PEA PEHE FOKI KI HE VAHEFONUA VAVA'U, HA'APAI MO ‘EUA KEMOU NGAUE ‘AONGA'AKI ‘A E FAINGAMALIE KEMOU TALANOA MO E KAU FAKAFOFONGA LAO.

‘OKU OU FAKAMALO ATU KIA TEKINAUTOLU KUO NAU NGAUE KI HONO FOKOTU'UTU'U MO FAKAHOKO ‘O E UIKE LAO, PEHE FOKI KI HE FANAUAKO MO E KAU FAIAKO KUO NAU POUPOU'I ‘A E FANAU KENAU KAU MAI KI HE NGAAHI FE'AUHI MO E FAKAME'ITE ‘O E ‘AHO NI.

‘OKU OU LOTO FOKI KEU FAKAHOKO ‘A E FAKAMALO MAKEHE KI HE NGAAHI KAUTAHA MO E NGAAHI ‘OFISI FAKAFOFONGA ‘O E NGAAH FONUA MULI KUO NAU TOKONI KI HE NGAUE NI. FAKATAUANGE TEMOU MA'U HA UIKE LELEI.

FAKAMA'OPO'OPO:

NA'E ‘I AI ‘A E ME'A ‘A E TAHA ‘A E KAU ‘EIKI FAKAMAAU ‘O E FAKAMAAU'ANGA MA'OLUNGA TAHA ‘I PILITANIA KO RT HON LORD BINGHAM OF CORNHILL KG ‘O E HOUSE OF LORDS ‘O NE FAKA'UHINGA'I ‘A E FAKA'APA'APA PE PULE ‘A E LAO ‘O ANGA PEHE NI:

"KO E TAHA KOTOA PE, PEA MO E KAU MA'U MAFAI KOTOA PE ‘I HE FONUA, PE ‘OKU ‘I HE PULE'ANGA PE SEKITOA TAAUTAHA, KUO PAU KENAU TALANGOFUA KI HE LAO,

PEA ‘OKU ‘I AI ‘A E TOTONU ‘A E KAKAI KOTOA PE KENAU MA'U ‘A E NGAAHI TAUMU'A LELEI ‘O E NGAAHI LAO KUO PAASI,

PEA KO E LAO KUO FAKA‘ILO KI AI ‘A E KAKAI KOTOA PE,

PEA KO E LAO TENE LAVA ‘O FAKAMAHINO'I ‘A E NGAAHI NGAUE KI HE KAHA'U".

‘OKU OU FIEFIA KE FAKAVA ‘A E UIKE LAO 2008, PEA MO HONO TEFITO'I KAVEINGA KO E FAKA'APA'APA'I PE PULE ‘A E LAO.

TU'A ‘OFA ATU.

 
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