17 December 2012

Liberia: Chief Justice Warns Against 'Twisted' Judgments

Two Magisterial Courts have been dedicated in Saclepea and Toe Town in Nimba and Grand Gedeh Counties respectively.

Performing the dedicatory ceremonies, the Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, His Honor Francis Korkpor cautioned Judges and Magistrates against what he called "rendering twisted judgments" in favor of a particular side.

He urged them to render fair and impartial judgments that would make the citizens and the public to respect the justice system.

Justice Korkpor reminded judicial officials of the canon which encourages judges to be impartial in their judgments and consistent with the law. He said the dedication of the magisterial courts signifies access to justice, stressing that "where the rule of law is present and administered fairly, there will be reconciliation and peaceful co-existence."

The construction of the Saclepea Magisterial Court was jointly funded by the Government of Liberia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery of UNDP provided US$50,000 as part of the funding for the project in Saclepea, while the magisterial court in Toe Town was constructed with funds in the amount of US$100,000 from the Justice and Security Trust Fund.

UNDP Program Analyst of the Governance Pillar, James Monibah lauded market women and citizens of the two communities for providing the land for the construction of the courts.

Mr. Monibah said UNDP was interested in assisting the Liberian Government to enhance access to justice, facilitate peace and reduce mob violence.

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