19 Jun 2009

Sacked Samoa court registrar wins appeal over wrongful dismissal

2:46 pm on 19 June 2009

A deputy registrar of the Ministry of Justice in Samoa, who was sacked two years ago, has been reinstated following a decision of an appeal board presided by a District Court judge.

Fa'atasi Puleiata's employment was terminated in January 2007 after a Public Service Commission investigation into charges of misconduct in the performance of his duties.

The incident involved a missing criminal file belonging to someone in his village.

But a PSC board of appeal found the findings and recommendations of the investigating officer were defective as they were unsubstantiated.

It ruled for the termination to be quashed.

Mr Puleiata has been reinstated with full pay from the date of termination to the date of reinstatement.