23 Sep 2010

Charges against New Zealand-based Samoan lawyer dropped

9:54 am on 23 September 2010

The District Court in Samoa has dropped charges that a New Zealand based Samoan lawyer, Leuluaialii Olinda Woodrooffe, had used insulting words, ruling there's insufficient evidence.

Leuluaialii appeared in court yesterday represented by another New Zealand based woman lawyer, Iuni Sapolu.

Leuluaialii was charged following a confrontation with a senior official from the Ministry of Justice and Courts last October.

The outcome of the hearing means Leuluaialii she's been cleared of any criminal charges, and can now represent clients before the Court of Appeal which is sitting this week.