More than 200 Lands and Titles cases were put on hold given the Lands and Titles Act 2020 approved under the previous administration lacked legal aspects on how to govern the work of LTC judges and also how their appointments are made.
The amendments however were approved in Parliament this week addressed the issues cited by Minister of Justice & Courts Administration, Matamua Vasati Pulufana.
The Cabinet Minister told Parliament it’s almost a year since the proceedings of LTC matters were suspended, hence the bill submitted under the urgent work of Parliamentarians.
She said that in October the Head of State, Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II re-assented the correct copy of the LTC Act 2020 on 14 October 2022, and the new amendments to the Principal Act under section 5(a) outlines the terms and conditions of appointments and suspension and removal of Judges.
However, their duties are subject to the LTC Act which specifies the authority on the policies and guidelines for the judges, in carrying out their duties.