Courts Resume with All Cases to be Rescheduled at Call-Over

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Wednesday 6 April 2022, Apia Samoa.  With Samoa now under  Level 2 status, the Courts in Samoa for both Upolu and Savaii will resume hearings for all cases, with “urgent matters” to be given priority.

This is according to a public notice issued on Tuesday, signed by the Court Registrar, also the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration, Moliei Simi Vaai.

“The Courts at Mulinuu and Tuasivi will be opened for business tomorrow, Wednesday, 6th April 2022 from 9am to 2 pm. Urgent matters will be of priority”, reads the statement.

The notice advises members of the public with court matters that had been adjourned on account of the lockdown, and those with cases due to be heard in the next few days – that their cases will be rescheduled for hearing in the coming weeks.

“New dates will be advised in due course”.

A Supreme Court Call-Over will be held on Thursday morning, 7th April 2022 at 9.30am “to set cases for the next four weeks”.

The notice states that, “All other court events for Land and Titles Court, Probation, Parole and Maintenance are rescheduled to new dates to be advised by the registry”.

The Courts warn that those who do not comply with Level 2 restrictions will be prohibited from entering the Court premises. It is also noted that a valid photo ID has been listed as one of the requirements.

As per Level 2 protocols, everyone is expected to observe the 2-metre social distance, wear a mask and produce vaccine cards.

“Non-compliance with this notice can result to refusal of entrance into the court building”.

The public are asked to contact the Ministry for general inquiries on Phone 22671.


Julius Netzler