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The President of the LTC who is appointed by the Judicial Service Commission is the principal judicial officer who is responsible for the overall administration of this Court.

  • Has jurisdiction in all matters relating to Samoan chiefly titles and in all claims and disputes relating to customary land.
  • Hears appeals from Village Fono.
  • Appeals from the Lands and Titles Court are heard by the Court comprising the president and two Samoan Judges; there is/are no further appeal(s).

Court of First Instance

The Land and Titles Court possesses a separate jurisdiction in all matters relating to Samoan chiefly titles and in all claims and disputes relating to customary land; also hears petitions against or from the Village Fono.

Leave to Appeal Court

Appeal applications are lodged and heard in this Court only by the President who sits alone. This is a pre-hearing process to determine their progression of appeal applications to the Appeal Court.

Court of Appeal

Appeals from the Land and Titles Court of first Instance are heard by the court comprising the President and two Samoan judges appointed by the President. There is no further appeal.

About MJCA

Ministry of Justice, Courts and Administration

Mulinuu, Samoa

P.O. Box 49

info@mjca.gov.ws

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.


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