27 Sep 2010

New Zealand-based Samoa lawyer rejects ethics breach claim

7:20 pm on 27 September 2010

A Samoan New Zealand-based lawyer, Leulua'ialii Olinda Woodroffe, has denied she broke any ethics of the Samoa Law Society.

Her comments come as the Law Society is about to consider complaints from the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi, and the Ministry of Justice against her alleged breaches of the Society's code of ethics.

She says she has followed the rules and abides by the book of ethics,which she calls her bible when working as a lawyer in Samoa and New Zealand.

Last week, charges that she used insulting words in a confrontation with a senior Justice official a year ago, were dropped due to insufficient evidence.