Two Fijian lawyers admitted to the Samoa legal bar


Filimone Masei with in laws and Samoan family after yesterdays admittance ceremony

BY Lagi Keresoma

APIA, SAMOA: WEDNESDAY 24 AUGUST 2016:  Two Fijian lawyers Filimone Masei and Ms. Raka Numa Raula were accepted into the Samoa bar in a brief ceremony yesterday.

“As a lawyer, you need intelligence and good character to help you in your work as a legal officer,” Chief Justice Patū Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu told the lawyers in the acceptance ceremony yesterday.

He said the job will not be easy and he congratulated them for choosing to work in Samoa.

The 26 year old Filimone Masei is Fijian and is married to Terina Sefo of Sale’imoa village. He graduated from Fiji with a Bachelor of Art and a Bachelor of Law from the University of the South Pacific.

“I am excited and look forward to working and learning new things from Samoa bar,” said Filimone.

He acknowledged the support from his in-laws in Samoa and his family in Fiji.

He is currently working at the National Prosecutions Office.

Ms. Raka Numa Raula is 34 years old will be working at the Samoa Law Reform office for the next 3 years.

She graduated from the University of Papua New Guinea with a Bachelor of Laws in 2007 and completed her Masters degree in 2012.