Tuesday, November 19, 2019






The Samoa Law and Justice Sector was formed in 2008 and comprises the following Sector agencies:

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:

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

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Managing in a Changing Environment

The Public Sector Improvement Program continues as does the Public Finance Management Reform Strategy that is now in the 2011-2013 reform phase. It continues to recognise the challenges and at the same time make significant progress. In 2012, priorities in the reform agenda focused on finalising all Sector Plans, which will drive the Strategy for the Development of Samoa 2012-2016.


Strategy for the Development of Samoa 2012-2016

The Government has outlined its priorities for this Sector over the next four years and they include: 

  • Ensuring community safety through improved crime management and prevention;
  • Improving access to justice, law and legal services; and
  • Recognising customary-based justice and harmonising it with the formal justice system.


Samoa Law and Justice Sector Plan 2012-2016

This plan details the Sector’s objectives, goals and primary strategies, focusing on:

  1. Community safety
  2. Access to justice
  3. Customary-based justice and formal justice system
  4. Integrity and good governance
  5. Sector capacity building and service coordination