The new Supreme Court Judge, Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren (middle) with fellow judges His Honour Lesatele Rapi Vaai (right) Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma, Leiataua Daryl Clarke and Vaepule Vaemoa Vaai after today’s’ swearing in ceremony.
BY Lagi Keresoma
APIA, SAMOA: FRIDAY 29 APRIL 2016: Family Court Judge Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren was sworn in today as a judge of the Supreme Court of Samoa. She is the second Samoa based lawyer to be appointed as a Supreme Court judge and today promised to serve the bench with honesty, integrity and humility.
The swearing in ceremony was conducted before the Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, members of the judiciary and legal profession, families and friends.
Tafaoimalo was the first woman to head the Family Court after serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Law Reform Commission.
Her appointment to the Supreme Court was recommended by the Court Commission chaired by the Chief Justice Patū Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu and supported by the Attorney General and the Minister for Justice.
“Who am I that you have given this honour,” was her humble response when given the chance to acknowledge the appointment.
She acknowledged the trust bestowed upon her and that she will commit herself to serve confidently, but needs the support of her legal team and the Ministry of Justice administration for the betterment of the work.
She acknowledged the support of her mother, brothers who are both lawyers, family and friends and honoured the memory of her late father.
She also acknowledged the love and support of her lawyer husband Aidan Warren and children whom she said “are my strength and guide.”
“This is a very important day in my life and I am confident in the knowledge that you will continue to guide me with your love and support, and with God by my side, everything is possible,” said Tafaoimalo.
She told the media that she was grateful for the appointment and that she hopes there would be more women judges in the Supreme Court.
Tafaoimalo’s husband Aidan Warren said his wife is hard working person.
“She put her head down and deliver judgement in a confident way and it is good to be recognized by the Chief Justice and those responsible for her appointment,” said Aidan.