Internal Affairs Minister, Morris M. Dukuly
Dukuly Roots For Access To Justice For All
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, April 28 (LINA) - Internal Affairs Minister Morris M. Dukuly has challenged “actors of justice” to ensure the unconditional dispensation of justice to all people.
Speaking Monday at the dedication of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Gbarnga, Bong County, he said as government and partners continue to work towards access to justice, those in the legal profession must ensure that justice is equally delivered to all, whether rich or poor.
Minister Dukuly, who represented President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the occasion, emphasized the need for citizens to take advantage of the court when aggrieved and avoid acts inimical to the tendencies of justice.
Also speaking, Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor noted the need for those working in the corridors of justice to observe the ‘Judicial Cannons’, which call for impartiality, independence and immunity, with impartiality being the essential of them all.
“The nature of work that judges do to ensure that the rule of law prevails requires that they must always strive to meet the genuine expectations of both internal and external stakeholders,” he said.
Justice Korkpor believes that judges at the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court and those across the country will impartially dispense justice because, according to him, judges enjoy a reasonable level of independence and their work is void of outside interferences, coupled with the fact that salaries and benefits are improving within the judiciary.
He, however, frowned on policy-makers whom, he said, often forget the important role of the court and neglect allocation of required resources to it, a situation, he said, poses serious setback to the judicial reform and the overall administration of justice.
For his part, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Mr. Tamrat Samuel, described the project as a milestone in the decentralization of the country’s justice system.
He stressed the need for civil society to cooperate in the search for justice and called for timely delivery of justice.
He promised that the UN will assist with the construction of the remaining regional hubs in strategic locations.
The new Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Gbarnga is part of a joint service delivery of Justice and security services for Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties.
Unlike other courts in the country, the building has two large court rooms and 40 well-furnished offices and rooms for use by other courts and court staff.
It was jointly constructed by the Government of Liberia and the United Nations Peace-building office.