Suspended lawyer to resume practice next year

A senior lawyer who was suspended following an investigation into her professional conduct will resume practice in March next year.

In response to queries from the Samoa Observer, Maiava Visekota Peteru confirmed the decision after an investigation by a Samoa Law Society-vetted Tribunal.

“I accept the decision of the Law Society Disciplinary Tribunal and intend to comply with any conditions prescribed,” she said.

“I look ahead to March 2021 to resume practise and continue to serve the public as I have for the past 35 years. I gratefully acknowledge clients, friends and family for their support.”

Asked to confirm what was the decision of the Tribunal, Maiava said, “my practicing certificate will be restored in March 2021.”

She added that the S.L.S. is issuing a statement soon.

Contacted for a comment, S.L.S. President, Leiataualesa Komisi Koria said they hope to finalise their course of action soon.

“I’ll be in touch with you in due course,” he said.

The Tribunal commenced its investigation last month where Maiava was given an opportunity to respond to allegations by the S.L.S. Council.

The investigation has since been completed.  

Maiava has been suspended since April last year pending an investigation into the allegations against her.

Leiataualesa had previously confirmed the society received complaints from members of the public in relation to the practitioner.

"These complaints are being handled in accordance with our Society’s regulatory framework," he said.

“Any charges of the Samoa Law Society are based on the offences in our act; there are only two offences. One is unsatisfactory of professional conduct and official misconduct and it’s either or”. 

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