Chapter 01 - General Provisions

Chapter 01 - General Provisions

1.0101 Citation.


This code shall be known as the American Samoa Code Annotated. It may be cited by title and section as follows — A.S.C.A.

1.0102 Effect of section headings.


The section headings in this Code are for the purpose of convenience only, and are not to be considered a part of any section, or as altering or affecting in any way the provisions of any section.

1.0103 Gender—Number.


Words used in the masculine gender include the feminine gender, the singular number includes the plural, and the plural, the singular.

1.0104 Oath.


“Oath” includes an affirmation.

1.0105 Person.


“Person” includes a partnership or other association, and a corporation, as well as a natural person.

1.0106 Grammatical interpretation.


Words are to be understood in their ordinary sense, except that words defined or explained are to be understood as so defined or explained.

1.0107 Government.


The word “government” means the American Samoa Government.

1.0108 Savings provision.


(a) No provision of this Code which repeals or supersedes any other provision of law shall affect the validity of any transaction which has occurred prior to the taking effect of the Code provision, or operate to impair the curative or legalizing effect of any statute heretofore enacted, or have the effect of releasing or extinguishing any penalty, forfeiture, or liability incurred prior to the taking effect of the Code provision. All offenses committed and all penalties or forfeitures incurred under any statute repealed or superseded by a provision of this Code may be prosecuted and punished in the same manner and with the same effect as if the statute relating thereto had not been repealed or superseded. Nothing in this Code may be so construed as to impair any vested right or valid obligation existing when it takes effect. No action or proceeding, civil or criminal, commenced before this Code takes effect may be affected by its provisions, but the proceedings thereunder must conform to the requirements of this Code as far as possible.

(b) All regulations in effect under law that is repealed or superseded by a provision of this Code continue in effect, to the extent they are not inconsistent with the Code, until new regulations are issued.

1.0109 Severability.


If any provision of any public law or section of this Code, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity may not affect other provisions or applications which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of all public laws and of this Code are declared to be severable.