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Samoan PM calls for tardy judges to resign

27 January 2020

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has called for judges who take more than three months to make decisions to tender their resignations, according to RNZ International.

Quoting TV1Samoa, RNZ says Tuilaepa's call came in Samoa's Parliament on 24 January. It was made in response to Vaimauga East MP Sulamanaia Tauiliili Tuivasa who expressed his frustration about delays in a manslaughter case against people accused of involvement in the death of his son a year ago.

"The prime minister told the house that many members of the public came to his office complaining about judgments taking too long to be delivered by the courts," RNZ says.

"We cannot have these cases dragging on and on through the late delivery of decisions, for whatever reason," Tuilaepa said.

RNZ says Tuilaepa called for any court judges taking more than three months to make decisions to tender their resignations.

"He said delayed judgments brought into question the integrity of the courts. Tuilaepa said if the delays were being caused by a shortage of judges in the country then his cabinet was ready to appoint more."

"Justice delayed is justice denied," said Tuilaepa.

Last updated on the 30th January 2020