The Inquirer (Monrovia)

22 December 2012

Liberia: 'Public Defenders Are Not Private Attorneys!'

There have calls for Public Defenders to not solicit cases on their own which is against their contract they signed before enrolling into the Louis Arthur Grimes School. According to the many Liberians, public defenders have lots of jobs to do in regards to cases pending at various courts at the Temple of Justice.

According to the head of the Public Defense Section at the Temple of Justice former Judge James C.R Flomo and also Coordinator and Supervisor of the Public Defense Program, Public Defenders are servants of the people and so they must stick to the issues of defending underprivileged and remain focus.

He said the Public Defense Program at the Temple of Justice was established by the Government of Liberia for less fortunate people who have cases at criminal courts and cannot afford acquire hiring counselors.

Counselor James C.R Flomo said the Government of Liberia is currently sponsoring students at the program for three years contract at the Louise Arthur Grimes School of Law.

The Coordinator of the Public Defense Program James C. R. Flomo said at present, there are seven persons serving as public defenders with several graduates of the Louise Arthur Grimes School of Law submitting applications for employment and currently, there are seven public defense assigned at the Temple of Justice.

The Public Defense Coordinator James C. R. Flomo made the statement at his Temple of Justice when a host of journalists visited him.

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