17 Mar 2011

Samoa lawyer convicted of misconduct by Law Society

4:06 pm on 17 March 2011

A charge of professional misconduct has been proven by the Samoa Law Society after a hearing that has now extended over three months.

A New Zealand-based Samoan lawyer, Leulua'ialii Olinda Woodroffe, has been charged with verbally abusing a justice official and later writing to the minister of justice requesting the withdrawal of the charges.

On the first offence, the Law Society's president, Leota Raymond Schuster, says the disciplinary committee found Ms Woodroffe's behavior unbecoming of a barrister and solicitor of the Samoa Supreme Court.

On the second charge the tribunal says it's still awaiting final submissions.