John Cauchi

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John Cauchi
Attorney General of Tonga
In office
25 May 2009[1] – April 2010[2]
Preceded by 'Alisi Afeaki Taumoepeau[3]
Personal details
Nationality Australian[2]
Occupation Lawyer

John Cauchi, AM, is a lawyer who served as the Attorney General of Tonga from 2009[1] to 2010.[2]


He graduated with a Master's degree in criminology from the University of Sydney in 1995.[4]

He has had extensive work experience in the South Pacific, from being senior crown counsel with Tonga's Crown Law Department in the 1990s to being senior advisor to the public prosecutor's office in Vanuatu from 2001 to 2003,[5] and Director of Public Prosecutions in the Solomon Islands, from 2004 to 2006.[1][6]

Cauchi was appointed as Tonga's Attorney General on 25 May 2009.[1] In April 2010, he resigned, citing government interference in the country's legal system.[2] He was the first Attorney General of Tonga not to hold the post of Minister of Justice at the same time.[1] He succeeded 'Alisi Afeaki Taumoepeau.[3]

In Australia he has served as a senior prosecutor in the Australian Capital Territory and as principal crown counsel in the office of the DPP in Tasmania (during 2009).[7]


Cauchi was appointed to the status of Senior Counsel in a special session of the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa, held on 30 June 2009.[8]

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June 2015 for significant service to the law, and to international relations, through leading public administration and legal roles in the South Pacific.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He is an Australian citizen.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Staff writer (2 June 2009). "Tonga's New Attorney General"[permanent dead link]. Matangi Tonga. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e Hill, Bruce (30 April 2010). "Tongan A-G Resigns over Government Interference". Radio Australia. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b Staff writer (1 June 2009). "Minister of Justice and Attorney General Resigns"[permanent dead link], Matangi Tonga. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  4. ^ Sydney Law School. "ALUMNI HONOUR RECIPIENTS – QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY". Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  5. ^ The Examiner (8 June 2015). "Tasmanians recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours". Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  6. ^ John Cauchi (2004) "A letter from Honiara" New South Wales Bar Association News.
  7. ^ New South Wales Bar Association (11 December 2008). "In Brief". Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  8. ^ From the Courts (30 June 2009). "New Senior Counsel for Tonga". Matangi Tonga Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  9. ^ Sydney Law School. "ALUMNI HONOUR RECIPIENTS – QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY". Retrieved 15 March 2016.