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Judge Smith Wants Clarification On Jury Selection

By Chris Nyenapee, Grand Gedeh County Correspondent

ZWEDRU City, Feb 10 (LINA) - The  Assigned  Judge  of the 7th Judicial Circuit Court  in Zwedru, Grand  Gedeh  County, S. Geevon Smith, says the new judiciary law  on  jury  selection and extension of Magisterial functions need some clarification.

Judge  Smith  made  the  observation  during the opening of the February Term of the Court Monday, during which he also read in open court the official  letter from  Chief  Justice Francis  S. Korkpor assigning him to preside over the February Term of the 7th  Judicial  Circuit Court.

Speaking  on  the  theme: ’ “No One Knows Tomorrow”, Judge Smith said while the new law on jury  says  jurors  should  be  selected  by  a jury  manager, no  such  position  exists  at  circuit courts in the leeward counties.

He  then  wondered  whether cases  emanating  from  magisterial courts under the  new  law  should  be  tried  anew.

The  presiding  judge  than  urged the empanelled jury at  the court to be diligent, impartial  and  honest in handing down verdicts in cases that will be brought before them.

The  official  opening  was  attended  by  a  record  number of  local officials led by Mr. Olaska W. Barh, who  served  as  proxy  for Grand Gedeh County Superintendent, Peter  L. Solo.

Also present were heads of security agencies and the UNMIL legal and judicial support monitor.

A  moment  of  silence  was  observed  during  the  program  in  memory of fallen  judges  and  other judicial  workers,  including Judge James Zota of Criminal Court ‘A”, and Judge Joseph  K. Norman of the Grand  Gedeh  Debt  Court, who passed away recently.

There are nine criminal and 11 civil cases on the docket.

LINA CTN/TSS/PTK

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