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SUPREME COURT

Convoy of cars for demonstration against judiciary.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's court houses in Apia closed on Friday (Samoa time) in anticipation of a convoy of protest against the country's judiciary. Our correspondent in Apia says hearings scheduled for the afternoon were moved to Monday to avoid any disruption. The protests are in support of the...
Chief Justice Satiu Simativa Perese and Head of State
Apia, SAMOA — Chiefs from a prominent village on Samoa's big island have thrown their support behind the country's Chief Justice after the caretaker government questioned his competency. Matai from Savaii's important maritime port village of Salelologa have urged the Human Rights Protection Party (...
FAST leader Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's caretaker HRPP administration and its leader Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi have been accused of an unprecedented attack on the rule of law. The call comes from the winner of April's election, majority party FAST, which has raised concern about what it described as "disturbing...
 Samoa's Head of State Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Head of State Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II has declared that parliament convene on Monday 2nd August. He made the announcement on television Sunday night (Samoa time) ahead of today's (Monday in Samoa) deadline set by the Supreme Court for parliament to sit after the...
U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Attorneys representing the Territory of American Samoa — through ASG and the Governor’s Office —  are asking the United States Supreme Court to approve its “writ of certiorari” to review a federal appeal’s court ruling, which reversed a lower court decision dealing with...
Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, left; and Fiame Naomi Mata'afa.
Apia, SAMOA — The struggle to decide Samoa's government is headed back to court, as both main political parties continue to stand firm on their beliefs following a Supreme Court ruling dismissing a call for a second election. The Supreme Court on Monday (Samoa time) threw out the Head of State's ...
U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Federal attorneys representing the US National Marine Fisheries Service have asked the United States Supreme Court to deny a petition for a “writ of certiorari” by the Territory of American Samoa to review a federal appeal’s court ruling, which reversed a lower court...
Samoa's Chief Justice, Satiu Simativa Perese
Apia, SAMOA — The next step in attempting to resolve the political stalemate in Samoa is expected to occur today in court. The new FAST party, which has the same number of seats as the caretaker HRPP party, at 26, is seeking to have the Supreme Court overturn the appointment of a sixth woman to...
People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in
WASHINGTON (AP) — The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has thrust the Senate into uncharted political terrain, with no recent precedent for a vacancy on the high court so close to a presidential election. President Donald Trump on Saturday urged the Republican-run Senate to...