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Tonga Family Protection Legal Aid Centre opening on 12 March 2018

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3rd March,2018 TONGAN Tonga will soon be the first country in the Pacific to have a legal aid centre specifically dedicated to helping people who are facing violence within their families. The Family Protection Legal Aid Centre will be opening its doors on Monday, 12 March 2018.

The Centre is being established by the Ministry of Justice, Government of Tonga with support provided by the Pacific Community (SPC) through its Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT). The Centre was initiated under the leadership of the late Susana Faletau, Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Justice.

Tonga passed the Family Protection Act in 2013 in order to ensure the safety and protection of all persons, including children, who experience or witness domestic violence. Domestic violence is any physical, sexual or mental abuse that occurs within a domestic or family setting. The courts have the power to issue Protection Orders, which have a number of conditions that basically tell the person who committed the violence that they cannot contact or harm the person named in the Order. The Act also provides for specific offences relating to domestic violence, thus ensuring that this violence in the family is no longer considered a private matter but that it is a societal concern requiring intervention and eradication.

The Family Protection Legal Aid Centre will assist any person facing violence within their families by providing quality free legal assistance, advice and representation. People will be able to come to the centre to receive assistance in applying for protection orders under the Family Protection Act and other related family law matters which occur as a result of a breach of the Family Protection Act.

The Centre will open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday, and will also be available after hours over telephone. People can drop in at the Centre, located next to the Magistrates’ Court at Fasi, or contact by telephone at 26-387 or 26-388.

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Issued by the :‘Aunofo ‘Aholelei, Ministry of Justice, 23-015 or email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .toFitilagi Fa’anunu, Family Protection Legal Aid Centre lawyer, email address:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 March 2018 12:32 )  

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