Judicial Services Act

01, Sep 2014 / TONGA / 142 Words

Keesing’s Record of World Events (Formerly Keesing’s Contemporary Archives 1931-2014)
Volume 60 (2014), Issue No. 9 (September), Page 53573

It was reported by Matangi Tonga magazine on Sept. 8 that the unicameral Legislative Assembly had passed bills to amend the constitution so that the appointment of judicial and legal officers was removed from the lord chancellor and a committee of the privy council to a five-member judicial services commission, appointed by the justice minister with the consent of the cabinet. The commission would recommend appointments to the king. The attorney general would not, as originally proposed, be a member of the cabinet and the legislature [see p. 53519].

It was reported by Radio New Zealand International (RNZI) on Sept. 3 that Tonga had become the first country to pass into law regulations for managing deep-sea mining and seabed mineral activities. The Seabed Minerals Act 2014 provided for a vetting process for mining projects, environmental impact assessments, and government enforcement powers.

Last article p. 53519.