Deputy Solicitor General Lauaki Jason Annandale only started in his new role on Monday and is now acting in the top job. - 22110816
Recently appointed Deputy Solicitor General Lauaki Jason Annandale, now acting in the top job, has been admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court, taking an oath in a ceremony on Rarotonga.
was joined by family and friends at the Ministry of Justice building in Avarua
on Friday in front of Chief Justice Patrick Keane.
Keane addressed the gathering via video conferencing as Annadale took the oath,
swearing to uphold the constitution of the Cook Islands.
were some light moments as Justice Keane, from a big screen, said Annandale
would normally approach the bench to have his photograph taken with the
there is software that can make you look pretty,” Annadale joked.
thanked Justice Keane and his staff, then mentioned his family from Samoa were
counsel Jana Epati,, who was in court to support Annadale, was also thanked.
thanked the Cook Islands Law Society, Crown Law staff for helping him settle
in, his family, and his new family in the Cook Islands.
has blood links to the Cook Islands, and while being a proud Samoan, he is keen
to explore his blood connections to the Strickland family.
is a graduate in law of the University of Victoria in Wellington and is also a
Solicitor General Graham Leung told Cook Islands News last month that
Annandale’s skill set was impressive.
said Annadale brings strong academic and professional credentials.
with the heart of a Pacific islander, he expected Annandale would be a huge
asset to the office.