The NEWS (Monrovia)

7 December 2012

Liberia: Senator Seeks Support for Judicial Reform

Grand Cape Mount County Senator Abel Massaley has disclosed that the judicial reform process of Liberia needs adequate funding to ensure its vibrancy.

He said problems faced by the judiciary are lack of logistical support, manpower development, low salaries and inadequate incentives for judges and staff.

Senator Massaley made the disclosure when he appeared on the LMDI Legislative Spotlight., a program designed to highlight happenings at the Liberian Legislature.

He explained that the lack of support to the Judicial Reform process was due to what he termed as political interest playing a major role in that sector.

Sen. Massaley also attributed the lack of access to justice to inadequate support from budgetary allocation by the Liberian government. He called on the judiciary to be more independent.

Senator Massaley believes that budgetary increment for the judiciary will help it focus on infrastructural development and logistical support for the reform process.

Also speaking at the Legislative Spotlight, Nimba County District #7 Representative Worlea Sayway Dunah said he believes the Judiciary is on course with the reform process.

Representative Dunah challenged the judiciary to do more with jury selection and calls on the Justice Ministry to always write proposals that would address some of the judicial problems.

He suggested that national decision-makers should respect the autonomy of the judiciary, making sure that it receives the required support.

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