Photo: New Judges Leaupepe Fatu Pula and Tiatia Faleupolu Tevita
By Tulifau Auva’a
APIA: WEDNESDAY 30 APRIL 2014: Two new judges were sworn in for the Lands and Titles Court this morning.
Former Assistant Commissioner of Police, Leaupepe Fatu Pula, 53 years of Sale’imoa and Fasito’o villages and Tiatia Faleupolu Tevita, 51 years of age from Gataivai, Savai’i took their oath of office before His Honour the Chief Justice, Patū Falefatu Maka Sapolu.
There are 80 applications received for the job, 18 were called for interviews after which only Leaupepe and Tiatia were chosen to become judges of Lands and Titles Court.
The Chief Justice emphasized the need for honesty and that the appointee’s vast working knowledge and experience will prepare them well for their new calling.
“All people are equal under the law. Your decisions must be fair and the keyword of this job is independence and fairness and congratulations to both of you,” His Honour said.
The new Judges were well supported by their families and well-wishers in the ceremony that was also witnessed by the Prime Minister and Ministers of Cabinet.
The Lands and Titles Court has been under pressure for some years with its backlog of cases due to the shortage of Judges.