CHANGE THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL SAMOA LAWYERS AND LEGAL PRACTICE ACT 2014
- TO THE GOVERNMENT OF SAMOA
As Samoan citizens living in New Zealand, Australia, USA and other countries, we continue to maintain our connections with our lands, family titles and ties to Samoa.
OUR COMMITMENT TO SAMOA is not only by words but by our Deeds and Financial remittances to our families and churches.
In the Annual Report for the Financial Year 2011-2012 by the Central Bank of Samoa (p10), it said the following:
"Private remittances increased a further 6 percent to $392.2 million in 2011/12 (on top of a 6 percent recovery in 2010/11), underpinned by a 29 percent increase in remittances for households as well as a 7 percent (or $2.5 million) growth in funds for Churches. Families remained as the main recipients of funds, with its share edging up 2 percentage points to 75 percent, followed by Churches with 10% share. The main sources of household remittances were NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA and the USA with shares of 37 percent, 32 percent and 20 percent respectively..."
In Central Bank of Samoa Bulletin of September 2014, it said at page 10:
"The gross inflow of private remittances went up by 16.7 percent to $94.8 percent million largely due to increased funds for "households" and church. The main sources of remittances were from NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA..."
The Lawyers and Legal Practice Act 2014 violates our rights under Article 15 of The Constitution of Samoa to be equal before the law and entitled to equal protection under the law.
WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, PETITION THE GOVERNMENT OF SAMOA TO CHANGE THE LAWYERS AND LEGAL PRACTICE ACT 2014 TO ALLOW US, SAMOAN CITIZENS LIVING ABROAD, TO APPOINT A LAWYER OF OUR CHOICE, WHO IS A SAMOAN CITIZEN WITH EXPERIENCE IN SAMOAN LAW BUT LIVES ABROAD, AS THIS PROVIDES US EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW OF SAMOA.
The CHANGE THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL SAMOA LAWYERS AND LEGAL PRACTICE ACT 2014 petition to TO THE GOVERNMENT OF SAMOA was written by OLINDA WOODROFFE and is in the category Local Government at GoPetition.