Office of the Attorney General (Samoa)
The service this Office provides is vitally important for Government, and the people of Samoa, as reflected in its Mission Statement:
“To serve the people of Samoa by upholding the Constitution and providing the highest quality legal services to Government.”
This Office is headed by a Constitutional Appointment whose core function is to uphold the rule of law as embedded in the Constitution of Samoa. This is an important duty which brands the existence of this Office as imperative, especially for the future generations of this country.
The OAG has undergone structural changes over the years under my tenure. With the development of the Office from the colonial to the post-colonial era, the OAG now fundamentally stands as an Office primarily run by its own officials. This is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication from all those who have served within the office. I take this opportunity then, to thank all the former Attorneys General that have contributed to the development of this Office into what it is today.
The OAG is essentially comprised of Five Legal Divisions; the Civil Litigation and Opinions, Commercial and International Law Division, the Legislative Drafting Division (‘the Drafting team’), the Criminal Prosecutions: District Court Division, and the Criminal Prosecutions: Supreme Court Division. These Divisions provide services to 15 Government Ministries and more than 20 State Owned Enterprises. The Attorney General is also directly responsible as the legal officer for the Head of State, Prime Minister, Cabinet, Legislature, and further charged as a protector of the Judiciary.See more