By Lanuola Tusani Tupufia - Ah Tong

The Court of Appeal concluded its proceedings yesterday after a week-long sitting by delivering its decisions on four matters before the Court.  

The Court was presided by Justice Robert Lloyd Fisher, Justice Rhys Harrison, Justice Graham Ken Panckhurst, Justice Vui Clarence Nelson and Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa. 

In delivering one of the decisions yesterday, Justice Fisher acknowledged the two local judges that sat in the Court of Appeal; Justice Vui Clarence Nelson and Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa . 

“New Zealand judges in particular are grateful for the special wisdom and experience of the judges from Samoa,” said justice Fisher. 

He also acknowledged the Ministry of Justice Courts and Administration (M.J.C.A.) Court of Appeal team; Loretta Pupuali’i, Upolu Pouono, Alofaa’e Alofaifo, Faanofonu’u Matauiau and that assisted in its proceedings.  

The Court of Appeal has a jurisdiction to hear and determine all appeals from any judgment, decree or order of the Supreme Court whether civil or criminal. 

By Lanuola Tusani Tupufia - Ah Tong

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