Judicial System of Samoa

Supreme court: Supreme Court

Ministry: Justice and Courts Administration

The Supreme Court is presided over by the chief justice, and has jurisdiction over both civil and criminal matters. The Court of Appeal, whose President is the chief justice, deals with appeals from the lower courts.

There are two district courts (‘magistrates’ courts’ until 1998), and the Land and Titles Court, whose President is a judge of the Supreme Court, and which has jurisdiction in disputes over ownership of customary land