CJ and associate judge not affected by DOI furloughs
American Samoa’s chief justice and associate justice are among the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs personnel exempted from the federal shutdown, which is now in its sixth day, according to a DOI contingency plan issued late last month in the event of a federal shutdown.
“Continued operation [of the American Samoa Judiciary] is required to preserve law and order,” it says and noted the two justices are exempted from furlough.
Under the local constitution, the chief justice and associate justice are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Interior to the High Court of American Samoa — therefore they are federal employees.
The Office of Insular Affairs has 36 employees on board, and that number also includes the two judges of the American Samoa judiciary.
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