46.1807 Failure to appear or perform sentence.

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(a) If an accused fails to appear in village court as summoned, or appears but fails to perform a sentence, the court shall refer the matter to the district court of American Samoa.

(b) Upon referral to the matter, the judge shall issue an order requiring the accused to appear at the District Court and show cause why he should not appear in Village Court or perform the required sentence as the case may be.

(c) If the accused fails to show cause and the judge is satisfied that the proceedings in the village are entirely regular in that the requirements of this title and all other laws and regulations pertaining to village courts have been met, he shall order the accused to so appear or perform the sentence.

(d) If the accused fails to comply with any order of the District Court made pursuant to this section, he shall be in contempt of court and dealt with accordingly.

History: 1966, PL 9-30; 1969, PL 11-54; 1972, PL 12-64 § 1; and 1979, PL 16-52 § 8.

Amendments: 1979 Made name changes to conform section to the Distinct Court Act of 1979.