Chapter 01 - Attorneys and Practitioners

Chapter 01 - Attorneys and Practitioners

31.0101 Examination-Rules and regulations-Appointment of committees.


The Chief Justice of the High Court of American Samoa has the power to:

(1) examine, admit and reinstate attorneys and practitioners to practice law in American Samoa;

(2) adopt reasonable rules and regulations to make effective the provisions of this chapter; and

(3) appoint such committees as he deems necessary to effect the purposes of this chapter.

31.0102 Rules of professional conduct.


The Chief Justice shall formulate rules of professional conduct and has the power to enforce the same. Such rules are binding on all persons admitted to practice before the court.

31.0103 Disbarment, suspension, and reprimand.


The Chief Justice has authority to disbar, suspend or reprimand any attorney or practitioner admitted to practice before the court.

31.0104 Unauthorized practice of law- Penalty.


(a) It is unlawful for any person, association, firm or corporation to engage in or attempt to engage in the practice of law, or to do, attempt to do or offer to do any act constituting the practice of law, except to the extent such person, firm or association is licensed or authorized by the Chief Justice. Nothing in this section authorizes licensing of a corporation to practice law.

(b) A person, association, firm or corporation who violates this section is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

31.0110 Bar Association.


There is created the American Samoa Bar Association. The purposes of the Bar Association shall be to improve administration of justice. All persons admitted to the practice of law on a regular basis before any division of the High Court of American Samoa shall be members of the Bar Association.