New Chief Justice to find own home
The new Chief Justice, His Honour Satiu Simativa Perese, will soon have to find his own residential home once he gets out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
This follows confirmation by the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Justice and CourtsAdministration, Moliei Simi Vaai, that the house occupied by former Chief Justice Patu Tiava'asue Sapolu at Moto'otua is no longer available.
“The house referred (to) is with the Samoa Housing Corporation,” said Ms. Vaai in response to queries from the Samoa Observer.
“The new C.J. will make his own residential arrangement."
The house at Moto'otua is Government-owned and now under the Samoa Housing Corporation like all other Government houses.
An email and a phone call to the Samoa Housing Corporation, Chief Executive Officer, Matautia Rula Levi, was not responded to by press time.
The new Chief Justice is being quarantined at Orator Hotel since his arrival last week while several others that came on the same flight have been allowed to be self-quarantined at home.
In a previous interview with Satiu, he made it known that he is unlikely to be quarantined at the Chief Justice’s residence at Moto’otua.
“I don’t think that will be the case. I will be looking for accommodation when I arrive in Samoa, as the Chief Justice’s residence is no longer available,” he said.
“I do have a brother there [in Samoa], but I don’t want to impose on him and his family; so I’ll most likely be quarantined at a hotel when I get there."
The new Chief Justice is scheduled to be sworn in after his quarantine on 5 June.