14 Apr 2014

Free legal aid could soon be back in American Samoa

3:06 pm on 14 April 2014

Free legal aid will soon be available to American Samoans again, after a group received approval to operate as a non-profit organisation.

The group has been deemed eligible for funding from the Legal Services Corporation, the same federal group that funded the now defunct U'unai Legal Services.

The group, American Samoa Legal Aid, was incorporated in 2008 with the help of Legal Services Corporation staff who visited the territory and met with the American Samoa Bar Association.

The acting board chairwoman, Terrie Bullinger, says they have now sent a proposal request seeking a consultant to help set up the programme in the Territory.

She says they hope to be up and running in about six months.