Samoa Law Society

Samoa Law Society asked to explain controversial bills

The society said a lack of government consultation had led to villages, churches and NGO's seeking reliable information elsewhere.

There had been plenty of public concern and uncertainty over the bills recently, with over 100 people protesting outside parliament last month when they were discussed at a Select Committee.

Dissent within the ruling Human Rights Protection Party over the bills had done little to quell fears.

Samoa govt approach to dialogue on bills "secretive" says Law Society

Leiataualesa Komisi Koria said the Parliamentary Select Committee agreed at its May 4 hearing to take the three bills to village fono.

However, Leiataualesa said since then it has been very difficult to get further information about the process.

He said it's unusual that the Select Committee itself has said it will run the consultations.

He said this is normally handled by apolitical parties to ensure neutrality.

Samoa PM hits out at NZ Law Society

The society's president , Tiana Epati, expressed her misgivings about the proposals with her group standing alongside their Samoan counterparts in opposition to them.

However Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said there was no place for the "President of an overseas Law Society" to lecture or interfere with the country's democratic processes.

"Samoa's Government is trying to create a Specialist Court of Appeal for its own cultural Lands and Titles to be legally acknowledged and preserved," the prime minister said.

Samoa Law Society says govt could undermine constitution

That's the view of the Samoa Law Society (SLS).

Its president Leiataualesa Komisi Koria told RNZ Pacific that a controversial suite of three bills would remove the judicial primacy of the Supreme Court as it exists under the Constitution.

Leiataualesa said removing Supreme Court oversight of the Lands and Titles Court (LTC) would mean the ability of Samoans to "enforce their Constitutional rights" would be disregarded.

Samoa law society faces one million US dollar legal action

RNZ reports the Plaintiff, Leulua'ialii Olinda Woodroffe, is seeking to quash the Society's decision to terminate her unrestricted practicing certificate.

The Law Society had issued Leulua'ialii with a restricted practicing certificate.

In her filed claim, Leulua'ialii represented herself and said she was not heard or notified by the Society before the decision.

Leulua'ialii has also claimed the defendant wrote to the court directing staff that she would not be allowed to sign any court documents.