IMG 2440

MJCA bid farewell to Justice Lesatele Rapi Vaai

On Friday, 24th February 2017, the Judiciary and the Ministry of Justice bid farewell to Justice Lesatele Rapi Vaai with a farewell party attended by Chief Justice, Patu Tiavaasue Falefatu Maka Sapolu, other members of the Judiciary, Hon. Minister of Justice Fa’aolesa Katopau T Ainuu who attended on behalf of Government, plus the Executive and staff of MJCA.

Chief Justice Sapolu thanked Justice Vaai for his lifetime commitment serving Samoa through the Judiciary. At the same time, marveled and shared a few jokes about Justice Vaai’s sense of humour and direct personality. Hon. Faaolesa Katopau T Ainuu also shared the same remarks and echoed the great contribution Justice Vaai has done in maintaining law and order and ensuring justice prevails for the people of Samoa.

Justice Vaai has been a long serving member of the Judiciary of Samoa, who served the Courts for 21 years. In 1996 he was sworn in as a District Court Judge of Samoa, and in January 2014, he became a Judge of the Supreme Court of Samoa. According to Papalii John Taimalelagi Afele, CEO of MJCA, Justice Vaai has a spotless employment record in his career working as a Judge. There are no negative remarks in his employment records as he was committed to upholding the law and achieving justice.


The Supreme Court welcomed two new Judges

At the Head of State’s residence at Tuaefu, Justice Vaepule Alo Vaemoa Vaai and Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke took their oaths to serve Samoa faithfully before colleagues, families and friends.

The Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, welcomed the two new Judges. The ceremony was attended by the Chief Justice, His Honour Patū Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu, the Minister of Justice and Court Administration, Fa’aolesa Katopau Ainu’u, Members of Diplomatic Corps, relatives and friends of the two new Justices.

In addressing the two new Justices, His Highness Tui Atua congratulated them and wished them God’s blessings for their new journey.

Justice Vaepule had been a Judge for the District Court for nearly two decades while Justice Leiataualesa was appointed to the District Court in January this year. Justice Vaepule and Justice Leiataualesa will join Chief Justice Patu, Justice Vui Clarence Nelson, Justice Mata Tuatagaloa, Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren and Justice Lesatele Rapi Vaai in the Supreme Court.

Their promotion leaves some positions vacant in the District Court which means more Judges are expected to be announced soon.

About MJCA

Ministry of Justice, Courts and Administration

Mulinuu, Samoa

P.O. Box 49


Upolu Numbers:

  • phone : (685) 22671 - 74
  • Fax : (685) 21050

Savaii Numbers:

  • Phone : (685) 53514
  • Fax : (685) 53513
Please address all correspondences to the Chief Executive Officer / Registrar of the Courts.

© 2016 Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration. All rights reserved.