Samoa’s newest District Court Judge, Lei’ataualesa Daryl Clarke, took his oath yesterday during a ceremony at the Court House in Mulinu’u.
The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, Speaker of Parliament La’auli Leuatea Schmidt, members of the Judiciary, relatives, friends and Lei’ataualesa’s colleagues.
Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu congratulated the new Judge, saying he is a valuable addition to Samoa’s Judiciary. He reminded Judge Lei’ataualesa that as judges, they play a vital role in upholding the rule of law.
“The rule of law and the Parliamentary democracy are the central pillars of any democratic state,” he said.
Acting Attorney General, Muriel Lui, said Lei’ataualesa was chosen by God for this position “and because you are chosen by God, you are worthy”.
The President of the Samoa Law Society, Mareva Betham-Annandale, echoed similar sentiments when she congratulated the new Judge. When it was his turn to address the gathering, Judge Lei’ataualesa said he was humbled and honoured by the appointment.
Lei’ataulesa acknowledged the presence of his mother, Penny Urwin, and two brothers who have always supported him along the way.
He also paid tribute to his father, the late Herbert Clarke, saying he is merely following his footsteps and he can feel his silence guidance as he begins his new journey.
Judge Lei’ataualesa also thanked his stepfather, the late Greg Urwin, whom he said encouraged him to do be the best he could be.
Lastly, he thanked his colleagues, friends, and his wife and business partner, Fiona Ey Clarke for the support and for agreeing with him to take up the new post.