15 April 2013

Liberia: Ellen Nominates Associate Justice Korkpor As Chief Justice

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf announced to the nation on Sunday, April 14, the nomination and elevation of Senior Associate Justice, His Honor Francis S. Korkpor, Sr., to the position of Chief Justice of the Republic of Liberia.

Justice Korkpor has been serving as Chief Justice Ad Interim since the resignation, in September 2012, of former Chief Justice Johnnie N. Lewis, who requested early retirement due to poor health.

According to an Executive Mansion release, in making the announcement, President Sirleaf said the following: "Justice Korkpor brings to this position many years of service and experience as a lawyer, professor and Associate Justice. I have the fullest of confidence that he will provide the leadership to the Bench in demonstrating the integrity, diligence and commitment to ensure that justice is dispensed to all equally without fear or favor."

The Liberian leader also announced the nomination of a second woman to the Bench of the Supreme Court, in the person of Cllr. Sie-A-Yeaneh Youh, to the position of Associate Justice. In doing so, the President said she was equally confident that Cllr. Youh will demonstrate the same qualities in the discharge of her duties," as ascribed to Justice Korkpor. This action reverses the President's March 11 nomination of Cllr. Youh as Minister of Labour.

President Sirleaf called for God's guidance to the Justices, as they carry out their responsibilities to the nation.

Upon the confirmation of the Honorable Liberian Senate of the two nominations, and their appointment and commissioning, the Supreme Court of Liberia will again have its full Bench of five, with the others being Associate Justice Kabineh Ja'neh, Associate Justice Jamesetta Howard Wolokolie, and Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks, III.

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