The Australian Bar Association supports the independent judiciary in Samoa

11 June 2021

The Australian Bar Association joins the Law Council of Australia and the New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa in supporting the independence of the judiciary in Samoa and urges all parties to respect and support the rule of law in the country.

The Samoan judiciary has faced criticism for exercising its constitutional role in considering matters arising out of the country’s general elections held on 9 April 2021.

Matthew Howard SC, President of the Australian Bar Association said, “It is the role of the courts to resolve constitutional matters independently and in accordance with the law.”

The independence of the judiciary is fundamental to upholding the rule of law and maintaining the integrity of the democratic process. The ABA supports the Samoan judiciary in exercising its vital role in resolving the current issue,” he added.

About the ABA

The Australian Bar Association is the peak body representing nearly 6,000 barristers throughout Australia. Established in 1963, the ABA is committed to serving, promoting and representing its members, as well as advocating for fair and equal justice for all.

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