The Department of Legal Affairs (DLA) consists of the Office of the
Attorney General, the Office of Immigration, the Office of the
Territorial Registrar and the Office of Weights and Measures.
There are four assistant
attorneys general assigned to criminal prosecution. The
criminal prosecution section is responsible for the enforcement of
criminal statutes in cases referred to the Attorney General by the
Department of Public Safety. DLA concentrates on the training
and education of DPS police officers in the field of criminal
prosecution. The goal of criminal prosecution is to continue
with the practice of trial familiarization for DPS officers in order
to improve and polish "trial awareness" in the
field. We hope that some of these activities can be extended
to Customs officers and patrols.
Prosecution of Domestic
Violence and Crimes Against Women: It is the goal of this
program to improve the institutional response to cases of domestic
violence. Crimes of domestic violence have historically been
ignored and/or minimized by the criminal justice system. In
addition to the standard prosecutorial goals of punishment and
deterrence, aggressive criminal prosecution of domestic violence and
rape will contribute to changing societal acceptance of domestic
violence and rape.
Office: The Office of Immigration is headed by the Chief
Immigration Officer with a staff of 33 employees. The Office
is responsible for the administration and enforcement of immigration
laws relating to admission, exclusion and deportation of aliens;
it also has responsibility for the photographing and registration of
aliens lawfully residing in American Samoa.
Office of Weights and
Measures: The Office of Weights and Measures enforces the
rules and regulations regarding weights an measuring devices to
assure accuracy in the sale and purchase of goods to and from the
public. It also inspects labels of packaged goods for
compliance with federal and local regulations.
Executive Office Building, Utulei
Territory of American Samoa, Pago Pago, AS 96799