20 November 2012

Liberia: Judicial Institute Trains 30 Court Clerks in Grand Gedeh County

In Zwedru Grand Gedeh County, the James A A Pierre Judicial Institute on Tuesday began a weeklong training for 30 court clerks from River Gee and Grand Gedeh Counties.Francis Koko Gray the court clerk Training supervisor told our reporter that the training is aimed at introducing a standardized record keeping system in every court rooms across the country.

He said the new standardized record keeping program highlights the new numbering and abbreviations system that court clerks will be using in preparing their case files.

Francis Koko Gray said the training targets typist, court clerks and recorders, and also filing clerks from the specialized, Magistrates and Circuit courts.

He said since the beginning of the training process in September 2011, the James A. A Pierre judicial Institute has trained more than one hundred ninety two clerks.

He said the ultimate aim after the training is for court clerks to return to their various court rooms and begin implementing the new records keeping system at which time, they will also be contributing to the reform process that is already taking place within the Judiciary.

Gray said it is important for clerks to come together for training because the Judiciary want them to be knowledgeable of the new system that incase of rotation as personal policy may dictate, when a clerk is transfer from one court or county to the other, he or she will not go there in isolation but will already be familiar with the system.

When questioned where the concept of this nationwide training of court clerks birthed from; Gray said it was through the initiation of former chief Justice Johnny Lewis and the entire Supreme Court that realized that within the court system, the system of records keeping was oakward meaning where everyone had their own way of developing, creating and numbering the records at which time the bench taught it wise that the system should come to an end and that a new standardize system must be develop which everyone will be familiar with.

He said with the help of UNMIL's Legal and Judicial Division as well as other judicial actors tasked the James A. A Pierre Judicial Institute with the responsibility of training and rolling out the module to train all court clerks in the new records keeping system.

He said the new idea is all because the judiciary want to have a unify record system so that if a case file leave from one court room for an appeal to the supreme court, they will be able to easily recognize that file from the numbering system.

Francis Koko Gray disclosed that the total number of clerks from their personal listing is 446 from across Liberia and they have trained about 192 and still have little over 300 or more to be train but hoping that their donors continue their support to expedite the process. He said for this training, the country was divided into 5 clusters.

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