C.J. departs Samoa for medical treatment

The Chief Justice, his Honour Satiu Simativa Perese, departed Samoa on Friday for medical treatment in New Zealand.

Before the Judge left the country on Friday; he appointed Supreme Court Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa as the Acting Chief Justice in his stead. 

In an email to the Samoa Observer late on Friday evening, he confirmed Justice Tuatagaloa's appointment.

"Justice Tuatagaloa is a well experienced and able Judicial officer, she has the confidence of the Judiciary and the Matagaluega," Justice Satiu said.

It is understood His Honour is expecting to be out of the country for up to a month for treatment of flu-like and heart problems that led to him being admitted to the national hospital on the weekend.

He checked into a managed isolation facility late on Friday evening,  he told the Samoa Observer. 

"I made the decision to recommend the appointment of Justice Tuatagaloa, to commence today 2 October 2020 (the day I leave our jurisdiction), for the duration of my time in [New Zealand] or the sake of continuity, and to give Justice Tuatagaloa the chance to have a decent opportunity to build her capacity and experience with leading the judiciary," he said in an email interview. 

 "I am sure she will do a great job."

Attempts to secure comments from Justice Tuatagaloa were not successful. 

Justice Satiu was discharged from the Tupua Tamasese Meaole National Hospital after he was admitted to the hospital over the weekend.

Justice Satiu was sworn in June this year after the former Chief Justice, Patu Tiava’asue Sapolu retired from office.

"I look forward to coming home as soon as I can," he said.

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