The Ministry of Justice, Courts & Administration (M.J.C.A.) office in Tuasivi will relocate to Salelologa once their proposed new compound is complete.
This was confirmed by Minister of Justice and Courts Administration, Faaolesa Katopau Ainuu, after a Ministerial inspection in the big island of Savaii last week.
Faaolesa said the decision is in line with the Government’s Salelologa Township Development Project.
“The proposed budget for the new M.J.C.A. offices is about ST$2 million tala, and this will cover both the Court Houses and the Ministry offices as well as a separate building which will serve as the Judge’s Residence,” said Faaolesa.
The Minister added that the Ministry’s plans for the relocation of offices are experiencing a few setbacks.
“The relocation plans to build have been pushed back a bit due to limited funding. However, a funding proposal is yet to be submitted to potential donor partners regarding funding assistance towards the relocation project.”
The Associate Minister for the Ministry of Justice, Sooalo Mene, who was also part of the Ministerial inspection reiterated the importance of a centralized location.
“Salelologa is more central and convenient for the public to access government services such as that services provided by the Ministry of Justice, Courts & Administration,” said Sooalo as he highlighted the importance of the proposed relocation as well as prioritising the Government’s Salelologa Township Development Project.