Chapter 04 - Matai Title

1.0401 Registration required—Closing of register.

(a) Every matai in American Samoa must prior…

1.0402 Registering more than one matai title prohibited.

Persons may not register more than one matai…

1.0403 Qualifications for succession to title- Delegate to the U.S House of Representatives, staff members, dependents.

A person not possessing all of the following…

1.0404 Eligibility to file claim or objection-Record of absent residents-Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives and staff members.

(a) Except as provided in subsections (b) and…

1.0405 Filing written claim–Supporting documents.

(a) Any person claiming succession to a matai…

1.0406 Notice of claim.

If the Territorial Registrar is satisfied tha…

1.0407 Counterclaims and objections—Supporting documents.

(a) For a period of 60 days immediately follo…

1.0408 Certificate of succession to issue if no counterclaim or objection is filed.

If no counterclaim or objection is filed with…

1.0409 Disputed claims-Hearing- Determination-Certificate issued when.

(a) The High Court shall hear and determine a…

1.0410 Effective date of succession.

No succession to a title may be recognized un…

1.0411 Removal of title for cause—Service of petition—Default—Selection of successor.

(a) A matai title may be removed by the High…

1.0412 Removal of title after year’s absence—Procedure—Default.

(a) Any matai absent from American Samoa for…

1.0413 Nonrecognition of titles improperly bestowed.

Any matai title bestowed on any person contra…

1.0414 Violation—Penalty.

A person who uses any matai title or permits…