Complaints against lawyers investigated, says Acting President

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Acting President of the Samoa Law Society, Alex Su’a has confirmed a number of disciplinary tribunal proceedings against lawyers as a result of complaints filed by members of the public. 

“Since the current Committee was appointed in 2018, it investigated and resolved 31 complaints and conducted disciplinary tribunal proceedings where required. 

Most of the complaints currently before the committee have been filed in the past 6 months,” said Su’a. The Acting President did not comment as to the nature of the complaints. 

Adding that the complaints process is confidential to the complainant and lawyer involved. 

The legal profession is self-regulated, similar to other professions in Samoa such as accountants and engineers. There is a professional conduct complaints process mandated by the Lawyers Legal Practice Act 2014. 

This process enables complaints about lawyers’ conduct to be made, investigated, and resolved in a fair way for both clients/complainants and lawyers. 

The complaints and investigations committee members are senior lawyers who volunteer their time to serve on this Committee.” 

Su’a concluded that relevant parties are advised of the outcome of the complaints process and the committee relied on the secretary of the council to serve in a timely manner as required by law.