One of Samoa's most prominent lawyers, Mata Tuatagaloa Keli, has been sworn in as the country's first woman judge.
She was sworn before the chief justice, Patu Falefatu Sapolu, in a ceremony at the supreme court attended by the caretaker prime minister and several government ministers as well as family, relatives and friends.
She became a temporary judge of the district court last month before being appointed to the job permanently.
The new judge has been in the legal profession since 1994 after graduating with a Law degree from Australia's University of New South Wales.
Mata Tuatagaloa Keli replaces a former district court judge, Tauiliili Harry Schuster, who resigned early this year to run in last week's general election.
He won one of the two seats for Vaimauga west constituency.