Lawyer Urges Judges to Protect the Law
By Richard Stephens
MONROVIA, Jan 26 (LINA) - A veteran legal practitioner says unless judges in Liberia work relentlessly to protect the law, the justice system in the country will remain bleak.
Cllr. Estrada Bernard observed that the independence of the judicial system of the country lies in the hands of trial judges.
He also said judges must dispense justice without the influence of other forces, saying “the public depends on you to get justice.”
Cllr. Bernard spoke Saturday when he installed the new corps of officers of the National Association of Trial Judges at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia. The induction climaxed the Association’s fifth national conference.
Meanwhile, participants at the Fifth National Conference of the Association have called for increment of the benefits and salaries of Judges and Magistrates in Liberia to be on par with those of other countries.
In a resolution adopted at the end of the conference, the Trial Judges also called for the cancellation of the insurance contract currently existing between employees of the Judiciary and the General and Continental Insurance Company.
The resolution also called for the input of trial judges in the appointment of Judges of the Supreme Court, according to the Liberia News Agency.
For his part, the new President of the Association, Judge James E. Jones, promised to do his utmost to contribute to reforming the judicial system of Liberia.
He pointed out that judges in the country will work to protect the law by dispensing justice without fear or favor.
Judge Jones defeated Judge Samuel Geevon Smith by 57-47 votes during the election.
The General Assembly of the National Association of Trial-Judges meets every two years to adopt resolutions and elect a new corps of leaders.