21 Oct 2004

American Samoa warns government lawyers off private cases

8:31 am on 21 October 2004

The American Samoa Chief Justice has told government lawyers that next year they will have to get court approval to take on private cases.

Michael Kruse says all lawyers must heed statutory and constitutional provisions which ask them to devote full time to their official duties.

Mr Kruse reminds them there are laws governing conflict of financial interest for career service employees; as well as contract specialists.

The Chief Justice says government attorneys can represent private clients for pro bono service or representation without compensation.

But, he adds, court approval is required in both situations.