The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: Supreme Court Bar Admits Assist. County Attorney

One of the assistant county attorneys for Montserrado County H. Deddeh Jomah Wilson has been admitted into the Supreme Court Bar. During her admittance on Wednesday, February 20, when the high court adjourned for its October 2012 term, Associate Justice Jamesetta Wolokollie urged Cllr. Wilson to be dedicated to the profession she has chosen.

Justice Wolokollie further charged the counselor to discharge her duty without being unjust and that she should not mislead a judge or jury while she maintain confidence and respect the secrets of her clients. Meanwhile, in her appreciation message at a well tendered reception, Cllr Wilson said she was grateful for the consideration to be inducted as a Counselor-At-Law of the Supreme Court Bar.

Cllr. Wilson brought to the attention of the Justices what she considered will help in the reform process of the Liberian Judiciary. She named the pertinent issues as the vacancies within the judiciary for judges. She recalled how for the past three terms of court; May, August and November 2012, the Supreme Court only appointed a single judge to man two courts namely; "A" and "D" on one hand and "B" and "C" on the other.

"This decision hindered the expeditious adjudication of cases; especially cases that had jury Trial. Therefore, not many cases could be disposed of during those Terms because the dockets were too large to handle by a single judge," Cllr. Wilson observed.

She reminded members of the Supreme Court Bench of how the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) has spoken on the issue during the opening of the courts several times but apparently nothing has been done.

Cllr. Wilson recommended that those vacancies be filled because there are still qualified magistrates and lawyers who are also members of the LNBA that are available including female lawyers adding that it is her hope that names to fill in the said positions will first be vetted by the LNBA and forwarded to the Bench for onward recommendation to the President of the republic of Liberia.

She challenged the Bench to include female lawyers in the vetting process to narrow the gap between female and male judges. Cllr. Wilson also said another issue is the construction of courts noting, "We must admit that the judiciary has done very well by construction courts in the various circuits; However, more need to be done especially in places where there are no Magisterial Courts," she said.

She then recommended that space over the new court houses which contain the Civil Law Court, Criminal Courts "C". "D" and Probate Court need to be fully utilized so that there can be several courts built over the existing ones.

"I can assure you that if these recommendations as herein mentioned considered, it will go a long way in the reform process of the judiciary. I want also to assure you that, I will do my best to uphold the ethics of this profession and justify the confidence reposed in me," she concluded.

Cllr. Wilson was among other attorneys who were admitted December last year but she had to travel to attend to official matter representing the Ministry of Justice at the 56th Session of the UN Commission on the status of women held in New York at the time.

While still Atty-at-Law, Deddeh Wilson prosecuted several cases in the circuit courts ranging from murder, rape, simple assault to armed robbery. She is a robust lawyer who challenged men as well as seasoned lawyers in open court in defense of government and her clients. She is also an official of the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL)

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