Judge Jones Challenges Judges, Lawyers
By Richard Baysah, Margibi County Correspondent
KAKATA, Feb 10 (LINA) – The Assigned Judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Margibi County wants the behavior of officials of Liberia’s judicial system to be reflective of the country’s growing democracy.
Judge Amy Musu Jones said judges and lawyers, who are officials in the court which is the last arbiter of justice, must champion the cause of humanity.
According to the Liberia News Agency, Judge Jones made the statement Monday at the 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Kakata at a program marking the formal opening of the court for its February Term.
Judge Jones also said laws are expected to be obeyed, and that failure to do so should result in punishment.
She observed that improvement can only come when there is change for the better, saying legal practitioners must see the need to change bad behaviors in the judicial system, as it portrays a very negative image of members of the “Black Gown Aristocracy” (Lawyers, Judges and Magistrates).
Judge Jones also observed that “we must believe that we can change and that improvement cannot happen, if we believe it is not necessary to do so”.
For his part, the Dean of the local bar, Margibi County Attorney, Isaac Livingstone George, congratulated Judge Jones on her assignment to the 13th Judicial Circuit Court for the February 2014 Term of Court.
Attorney George assured Judge Jones of his fullest cooperation in the adjudication of cases during the entire term of court, adding, “Prosecution will dispense justice without fear or favor irrespective of status in society”.
There are a total of 49 criminal and 38 civil cases on the trial docket for this February 2014 term of Court, according to Judge Jones.