23 Jul 2009

Samoa court case against controversial road switch set for hearing

11:55 am on 23 July 2009

The legal action brought against the Samoa government's controversial Road Transport Reform Act by the People Against Switching Sides or PASS is set to be called for a full hearing on August 17.

The case will be presided over by Justice, Vui Clarence Nelson.

The confirmation of judge comes after two other Supreme Court judges including Chief Justice, Patu Falefatu Sapolu, were deemed unable to sit on the matter because of conflicts of interest.

In a preliminary hearing, lawyers for PASS as well as state lawyers representing the defendants, declared their full support and confidence in Justice Nelson to hear the matter.

The hearing is now scheduled to take place within a week with a decision to be delivered before the start date of the road switch in September.