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Bopolu Judge Calls For Modern Courts, Residences
By Emmanuel Mondaye, LINA Gbarpolu County Correspondent
BOPOLU CITY, May 22 (LINA) –The newly-assigned Circuit Judge of Gbarpolu County, Peter W. Gbeneweleh, says it is degrading that judges assigned in rural Liberia have to make arrangements for their lodging.
This, he noted, does not augur well for the smooth dispensation of justice.
Judge Gbeneweleh said he has travelled throughout the country and observed that Circuit Courts were operating from within administration buildings controlled by the Ministry of In
ternal Affairs, representing another branch of the government.
Judge Gbeneweleh said the Judiciary needs its own facilities, indicating that if Superintendents, who operate within the Executive Branch of Government, have administration buildings it is equally important that Circuit Judges have their own judicial facilities hosting all subordinate courts, including Magisterial Courts in each county.
The Gbarpolu County judge indicated that judges are “Priests of Justice”, who should be treated in a manner that will promote efficiency and effectiveness on the job.
“It is sad to note that a judge has to arrange for accommodation whenever he is assigned to another county. There should be prepared and reserved judicial facilities for judges to dwell. This is degrading the integrity and dignity of a judge who is the Priest of Justice,” he said.
Meanwhile, the judge has stressed the need to train court staff in computer use to improve their effectiveness on the job.