Samoan Female Supreme Court Justice Hears First Case

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Justice Malosi first woman to preside in Supreme Court

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, March 27, 2013) – New Supreme Court Judge, Justice Ida Malosi, presided over her first case in Samoa yesterday.

Justice Malosi is the first woman judge to preside in the Supreme Court of Samoa.

Two local women lawyers both agreed that having a woman Judge in the Supreme Court is "like a new flower blooming from the garden."

A member of the public, Lesa Farani Posala, who entered the new Judge’s courtroom out of curiosity said, "She has a calm face but when she speaks, there’s strictness and toughness in her voice."

Justice Malosi is the first Samoan woman to become a judge in New Zealand.

Chief Executive Officer of Justice, Masinalupe Tusipa Masinalupe, said Justice Malosi will work for three months as a Supreme Court judge.

Her appointment increases the number of Supreme Court judges to five with Chief Justice Patu Tiavaasue Falefatu Sapolu, Justice Lesatele Rapi Vaai, Justice Vui Clarence Nelson and Justice Pierre Slicer.

Judge Malosi, who was born in New Zealand, was sworn in by the Head of State, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi on Tuesday this week.

She said that it was the Head of States advice that Samoa needs her service that has contributed to her decision to come and work for Samoa.

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