Justice sector mourns death of L.T.C. Judge

A Land and Titles Court Judge who died suddenly during an ava ceremony at the Courthouse in Mulinu’u on Tuesday has been identified as Tuloa Fetufou Aiono.

The Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration (M.J.C.A.) Chief Executive Officer, Moliei Simi Vaai, confirmed the unexpected death of Tuloa.

She said it happened during an ava ceremony on Tuesday morning to mark the start of a three-day workshop for new laws, which the Parliament recently enacted to restructure the Land and Titles Court.

In expressing condolences to the family of Tuloa, the C.E.O. remembered the deceased Judge being at work all of last week.

“He was very happy last week,” she said. “It is an unexpected news to start this year with…our condolences to the wife and children.” 

Tuloa was among seven Judges of the last group of newly recruited judges, who were sworn in around December 2019, and had been on the bench for a year.

Prior to taking his oath with the judiciary, Tuloa was a senior public servant and worked in several Government Ministries. 

These included roles as the Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Policy) with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (M.C.I.T.) and the head of the Secretariat of the Customary Land Advisory Commission under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. 

The Samoa Observer previously reported that the late Tuloa Fetufou Aiono previously worked for the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development which is incorrect. 

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