By Lagi Keresoma
FRIDAY 01 FEBRUARY 2013: Chief Justice Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu had stressed the importance of independence to the 3 new Judges of the Land and Title Court during the swearing in ceremony this morning at the Court house.
“Ia tautuana le taua o le tutoatasi o le Fa’amasinoga,” said Patu
“Like any other job, we all need God,” he told the new Judges.
The three new Judges who took the Oath of Office and pledged their committment and time to serve the country and people are Pouniu Siaosi Hazelman, Letufuga Ioakimo Tauili’ili and one of the few women judges, Auelua Apoiliu Auelua Tamaseu. They have all served Government in various Ministries and have taken a further step in serving in the Judiciary.
The only female Judge Auelua served as an Assistant Chief Executive Officer (ACEO) for the Ministry of Inland Revenue for more than 20 years. She voiced her gratefulness for the opportunity to continue the service rendered by one of her relative, the late Auelua Falefatu Enari and promised “to serve to the best of my ability.” She is married to the former Controller and Chief Auditor, Tamaseu Randy Warren.
Pouniu had served in the Samoa National Provident Fund (SNPF) for many years before he was appointed as the CEO for the Samoa Airport Authority.
Letufuga is no stranger to the Judiciary sector as he is a former Assistant Chief Eexutive Officer for the Ministry of Justice.
The three new Judges brings the number of the Land and Title Court Judges to 20.