11 January 2013

Liberia: Bong County Bar Admits Two

Two Graduates of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law have been admitted into the Bong County local bar as Attorneys-at-law. During the admission of Attorneys-at-law Yancy Cole and Calvin Momolu, the Resident Presiding Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Gbarnga warned the two against abandoning the county.

He noted that many attorneys admitted into the Bong County Bar Association have chosen to settle in Monrovia which has created a serious problem for the adjudication of cases, as citizens of the county continue to go to Monrovia in search for lawyers.

Judge Boimah Kontoe emphasized the need for the attorneys to visit magisterial courts around the county to assist with the adjudication of cases. The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court Resident Presiding Judge welcomed the two graduates to the Bong County Bar, describing lawyers as key players in the success of the legal system.

He admonished the attorneys to prove faithful to the oath taken to protect the rights of their clients and avoid the issue of cash as a priority. "While it is true you need to get bread for you and your family, the issue of money cannot be taken as priority number one in your profession," he warned.

Judge Kontoe added that there were about four functional magisterial courts around the county with difficulties in the execution of justice, referencing the Salala Magisterial Court as having only one magisterial staff not paid by the government.

He, however, disclosed that plans were underway by members of the Bong County Legislative Caucus to recondition the dilapidated building housing the Salala Magisterial court.

The two newly admitted attorneys expressed gratitude to the judge for their admittance into the county's local bar, assuring that they would regularly visit the county to provide legal services to citizens.

Attorneys Yancy Cole and Calvin Momolu told this paper in Gbarnga that their affiliation with the local bar meant a lot to its growth and development. They commended their families for the support given them in pursuit of higher education.

The induction ceremony was witnessed by a number of judicial actors and citizens of the county, including the Vice President of the Bong County Bar Association who noted that the admission of two new members was a boost.

He also stressed the need not to allow themselves to be Monrovia based lawyers. The Bong County Bar Association currently has more than 20 members, but less than seven are based in the county.

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