22 Oct 2020

A constitutional change in Tonga raises some questions

From , 5:03 am on 22 October 2020

The Tonga Parliament has unanimously voted to change the constitution to allow Tongan tradition and custom to be applied in the courts.

Under the legislative change, introduced by the acting Justice Minister, Samiu Vaipulu, they want Supreme Court Judges to take account of Tonga's traditional culture when they are making decisions.

He acknowledges that Tonga culture is already reflected in the courts, but it has not previously been written into the law.

Don Wiseman has more.

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