Chief Justice position remains vacant

The Government is still yet to fill the eight-month long vacancy for the position of the nation's Chief Justice. 

Cabinet is yet to appoint a replacement to take over from the former Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu, who officially concluded his term in office eight months ago after 26 years on the bench. 

The Acting Chief Justice, Vui Clarence Nelson, has taken over while  the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, deliberates on his successor.

Although the former Chief Justice officially concluded his term in office in April, he was allowed to continue to rule on some outstanding matters that remained before the Court, some of which dated as far back as the 1950s and 1960s. 

Justice Patu had his term extended since 2018. At the time Tuilaepa said the former Chief Justice had outstanding cases he wished to attend to. 

When Tuilaepa was recently asked about a new Chief Justice, he replied he is still waiting for the Holy Spirit for guidance on the best candidate for the position. 

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