27 Aug 2015

Samoa appoints its first female Supreme Court judge

11:49 am on 27 August 2015

Samoa's first female District court judge, Mata Tuatagaloa, will become the first woman to be inaugurated as a permanent judge of the Supreme Court.

Samoa's first female Supreme Court judge Mata Tuatagaloa. She comes to the Supreme Court after being a District Court judge.

Newly-appointed Samoa Supreme Court judge Mata Tuatagalaoa. Photo: Government of Samoa

She will be sworn in before the head of state on Thursday.

Mata Tuatagaloa was appointed as permanent judge of the District court four years ago after serving as a prominent lawyer for many years.

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