Magistrate Loupua Pahulu-Kuli

Senior Magistrate in the Magistrate Courts of Tonga. Holds a Masters in Law with professional diplomas in Legal Drafting and Legal Practice. In her pursuit of a Bachelors in Law (L.L.B), she was honoured as the Valedictorian for 2010 at the University of the South Pacific (USP), Emalaus graduands and a Gold Medalist Awardee for Best USP All Round Female Graduate. She has vast experience and in-depth knowledge of Tongaʻs legal system as former translator, transcriber, interpreter, tutor, researcher, legal drafter and adviser, and as a consultant. She has been trained locally and internationally on various subject matters including, but not limited to, budget analysis, fundamentals of judging, crime prevention, leadership and time management, and other legal matters.

Her working experiences extend to government ministries, Parliament, the United Nations Development Programme, and the community at large offering pro bono basis services at times. She has published work on juvenile offenders, land systems of Tonga, and womenʻs rights to land in Tonga. As the President of the Tonga Law Society, a hectic schedule is an understatement. She is friendly and approachable, enjoys helping people who are less fortunate, and spending time with family. She is happily married to Maʻafu and is the mother of two wonderful children.