The Samoa Law and Justice Sector was formed in 2008 and comprises the following Sector agencies:
- Office of the Attorney General;
- Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration;
- Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (including Secretary of Internal Affairs);
- Ministry of Police and Prisons;
- Samoa Law Reform Commission; and
- Office of the Ombudsman.
The National Human Rights Institution is due to be established by June 2014 and will form part of the Office of the Ombudsman. A Community Law Centre is due to be established in 2014, the establishment of which will be overseen by the Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration.
The Sector has produced two Sector Plans (2008–2012 and 2012–2016) detailing the Sector’s four-yearly objectives, goals and primary strategies. In addition to the day-to-day operations of its agencies, the Sector undertakes projects for the development of law and justice services in Samoa.
The Sector Secretariat was established in December 2009 to assist the Sector Steering Committee in the coordination of Sector programmes and activities that will deliver on the goals detailed in the Sector’s Plans. The Secretariat has responsibility for planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation.
The Sector is supported by two central agencies of the Government of Samoa, namely:
In addition to the above agencies, the Sector Steering Committee includes representatives of:
- Samoa Council of Churches;
- Sui o Nuu;
- Sui Tamaitai o Nuu;
- Samoa Law Society; and
- SUNGO (Samoa Umbrella for Non-Governmental Organisation Inc.)
The Sector’s vision is:
Justice for a safe and stable Samoa
The Sector’s mission is:
Services to the community to promote, provide and protect access to justice for a safe and stable Samoa