VACANCY – Magistrates Court

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The Magistrates Court is seeking applications from experienced persons who wish to be considered for appointment as a Magistrate.

Magistrates are responsible to the Lord Chief Justice and the Chief Magistrate.

Key duties and functions include –

  • Magistrates’ court proceedings
  • Disposal of litigation
  • Case management
  • Inquest and court inquiry
  • Search warrants and other judicial functions
  • Management including assisting with staff matters

To be eligible for appointment, applicants should meet the following requirements –

Education, qualification and work experience

  • Highly desirable to have attained a LLB degree or a Diploma in Law from a recognized university
  • at least 5 years of legal practice

Skills and Aptitude

  • highly organized with an ability to demonstrate or develop sound court management skills
  • strong analytical and conceptual skills
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • fluent and effective verbal and written communication in English and Tongan
  • computer literate would be an advantage

Personal Attributes

Applicants must have the attributes of integrity, discretion and incorruptibility, honesty, punctuality, ability to work under pressure and in a collegiate manner with judicial colleagues, highly motivated, trustworthy and must be of good health.

The starting salary will be commensurate to the successful applicant’s qualifications and experience.

All applicants must provide full personal particulars, copy of CV, relevant certificates, birth certificate and the names and contact details of two referees (character reference and professional reference).

Applications must be received no later than 4:30pm on Monday, 2nd October 2017 and addressed to:

Ms. Fatima Fonua, Registrar, Supreme Court of Tonga, Nuku’alofa, Tonga.


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