The Ministry of Justice & Courts Administration (MJCA) Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Aumua Roni Fereti has confirmed that Samoa’s Acting Chief Justice is Vui Clarence Nelson.
Aumua, who took the helm at the courthouse after the suspension of MJCA CEO Papalii John Taimalelagi, told Newsline Samoa the directive was issued from Cabinet this week.
“Vui Clarence Nelson is the Acting Chief Justice,” Aumua said. “I just received the decision from Cabinet.”
Vui’s appointment to Acting Chief Justice was approved in a meeting of Cabinet members last Wednesday.
Vui’s tenure as Acting Chief Justice became effective Wednesday, 24 April, 2019.
Retiring Chief Justice Patu Falefatu Maka Sapolu’s tenure officially came to a close after nearly 27 years on Tuesday, 23 April, 2019.
There is no telling how long Vui will serve in the temporary “acting” role, said Aumua.
And the decision to appoint the new Chief Justice lies in the hands of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malieglegaoi.
“That is still up in the air. Only the Prime Minister will be able to name the new Chief Justice,” he said.
“And the old man is waiting for a whisper from the Holy Spirit.”