Future of L.T.C. Judge depends on J.S.C.

The Judiciary Service Commission (J.S.C) will have the final say on the future of a Land and Titles Court Judge who was recently arrested by Police for alleged drunk driving.

L.T.C. Judge, Feagaimaali’i Nanai Malaeliua, was among seventeen people charged by Police in relation to traffic offence two weeks ago. 

The Secretary of J.S.C. and Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration (M.J.C.A.) Chief Executive Officer, Moliei Simi Vaai, said decision on the Judge will be made after the case. 

“I inform the ministry awaits legal advice on steps to be taken,” said Ms. Vaai. 

“In the meantime, the court proceedings will determined the final outcomes of these matters

“J.S.C. will make final decisions for L.T.C. Judge based on outcome of case.”   

The Judge had previously declined to comment when contacted saying he has sought a lawyer to represent him.

Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil said the Police arrested a total of 17 people on that weekend in relation to drunk driving offence. 

“Two of them are a member of my staff,” he said. 

“One civilian and one sworn [police officer] were also arrested. 

“We don’t take pride in arresting anyone and it is unfortunate that we are making this type of arrest involving Government officials as well, it is very disappointing.”

He advice members of the public to not drink and drive as Police are on patrol holding roadblocks and checkpoints. 

“If you’re going to consume alcohol do it responsibly,” he added. 

Bg pattern light


Subscribe to Samoa Observer Online

Enjoy access to over a thousand articles per month, on any device as well as feature-length investigative articles.

Ready to signup?