The President of the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) has expressed indignation with retirement package set aside for judges by the Supreme Court of Liberia.
LNBA President, Cllr. Theophilus Gould who expressed the indignation on behalf of the legal body said the package needed to be reviewed in line with present day realities of life.
How much judges will earn monthly as retirement benefits, he did not disclose, but during LNBA's last convention in Tubmanburg , a retired judge complained of receiving L$5,000.00 or thereabout.
Cllr. Gould spoke during the formal opening of the October Term of Court 2013 of the Supreme Court of Liberia.
For a retired judge to receive the five thousand Liberian dollars as retirement package was not encouraging, and hoped that government would do something about it.
"A retired judge complained of receiving Liberian dollars, five thousand or thereabout. This is not encouraging and we hope that something better be done," the former solicitor general noted.
The LNBA boss did not also say how much money should be set aside as retirement package for would-be retired judges, but thanked the full bench of the Supreme Court for the replacement of retired associate magistrates with non lawyers.
According to him, it would be illegal for persons being trained at the Judicial Institute to be appointed as magistrate because such positions are for lawyers.
At the same time, Cllr. Gould warned that LNBA will not take kindly any attempt to reintroduce what he called "apprentice system through the Judicial Institute."